Date of Award
Master of Arts in Psychology
The relationship of paternal acceptance and nurturance received and fathers' acceptance and nurturance of their sons was investigated. One-hundred and twenty-six (126) male undergraduate students and their fathers participated in the study. Each subject completed an abbreviated version of the Family Data Form (FOF), which was used to obtain individual and family demographic information. The Family Relations Inventory (FRI) was utilized to measure subjects' perceptions of the degree of paternal acceptance and nurturance received. A structural equation model was employed and four separate path coefficients were obtained; 1) fathers' paternal nurturance received to sons' paternal nurturance received, 2) fathers' paternal acceptance received to sons' paternal acceptance received, 3) fathers' paternal nurturance received to sons' paternal acceptance received, and 4) fathers' paternal acceptance received to sons' paternal nurturance received. Although the structural model was adequate in terms of goodness of fit, the variables tested did not account for much of the variance. A statistically significant positive correlation was found only for 1) fathers' paternal nurturance received to sons' paternal nurturance received. Reasons for this as well as suggestions for future research concerning the father-son relationship are discussed.
Hansen, Michael, "Paternal Acceptance and Nurturance Received and Fathers’ Acceptance and Nurturance of Their Sons" (1988). Open Access Master's Theses. Paper 1691.