Involved Dads Save Daughters from Risky Behavior

Christian Headlines 16 June 2017
Family First Comment: “The authors note it was the quality of dad’s time in the home that made the biggest impact. When his influence and presence was positive, the older daughter—who spent more time with her father—delayed sexual activity and spent less time with sexually risk-prone peers. But more time with a distant and cold father seemed to have a negative impact on the older sister. “It’s all about dosage of exposure to dads; the bigger the dose, the more fathering matters—for better and for worse.””

Quality time with Dad decreases a daughter’s propensity for risky sexual activity, according to a study released last month.

The study, published in the journal Developmental Psychology, adds to a host of research that continues to highlight the importance of fathering for daughters.

Researchers Danielle DelPriore and Bruce Ellis of the University of Utah, and Gabriel Schlomer of the State University of New York at Albany, found an inverse relationship between the amount of quality fathering a daughter receives and her likelihood for promiscuous sex, unprotected sex, and sex while intoxicated.

While previous studies showed a link between less time with dad and risky sexual activity, some observers wondered whether genetics was somewhat to blame—a father prone to absence might pass on genes that made his daughter prone to risky behavior.

But this study derails that hypothesis.

For this study, researchers looked at families with two biological sisters, at least four years apart, in intact families, as well as families with a divorce or separation before the younger sister turned 14. Same family, same genetics, but two daughters with different amounts of quality fathering.
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