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    Effects of removing a father from a child's life.

    Here are some of the observed effects of removing a father to the position of a visitor in a child`s life.
    "Based on our clinical experience with a number of latency aged and adolescent girls whose parents divorced during their oedipal years, we postulate that particular coping patterns emerge in response to the absence of the father, which may complicate the consolidation of positive feminine identification in many female children, and is observable during the latency years. We illustrate both the existence of these phenomena and implications for treatment:
    1. intensified separation anxiety
    2. denial and avoidance of feelings associated with loss of father
    3. identification with the lost object
    4. object hunger for males." "In an earlier study by Kalter and Rembar at [Children's Psychiatric Hospital, University of Michigan], a sample of 144 child and adolesce atients, whose parents had divorced, presented [for evaluation and treatment] with three most commonly occurring problems:
    63% Subjective psychological problem (defined as anxiety, sadness, pronounced moodiness, phobias, and depression)
    56% Poor grades or grades substantially below ability and/or recent past performance
    43% Aggression toward parents Important features of the subgroup of 32 latency aged girls were in the same order: 69% indicating subjective psychological distress 47% academic problems
    41% aggression toward pa ts.
    Clinical Observations on Interferences of Early Father Absence in the Achievement of Femininity by R. Lohr, C. g, A. Mendell and B. Riemer, Clinical Social Work Journal, V. 17, #4, Winter, 1989

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    Re: Effects of removing a father from a child's life.

    You forgot drug abuse, gang membership, academic failure, thievery, pestilence, suicide, mental illnesses including but not limited to, psychosis, psychopathic, sociopath, narcissism, and pathological liar. If I missed anything else, please chime in!

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    Re: Effects of removing a father from a child's life.

    [Mode note: I reformatted OP to improve separation between quoted material and member's comment although in this case it was not really obscure as previous instances I have seen in this forum recently. I also linked to what looked like the source for the quoted material. I've also taken liberty to recap here two Lounge stickies that are always worth revisiting from time to time especially with the recent influx of new members.]


    Here are some of the observed effects of removing a father to the position of a visitor in a child`s life.

    "Based on our clinical experience with a number of latency aged and adolescent girls whose parents divorced during their oedipal years, we postulate that particular coping patterns emerge in response to the absence of the father, which may complicate the consolidation of positive feminine identification in many female children, and is observable during the latency years. We illustrate both the existence of these phenomena and implications for treatment:

    1. intensified separation anxiety
    2. denial and avoidance of feelings associated with loss of father
    3. identification with the lost object
    4. object hunger for males."

    "In an earlier study by Kalter and Rembar at [Children's Psychiatric Hospital, University of Michigan], a sample of 144 child and [adolescent patients], whose parents had divorced, presented [for evaluation and treatment] with three most commonly occurring problems:
    63% Subjective psychological problem (defined as anxiety, sadness, pronounced moodiness, phobias, and depression)
    56% Poor grades or grades substantially below ability and/or recent past performance
    43% Aggression toward parents

    Important features of the subgroup of 32 latency aged girls were in the same order:
    69% indicating subjective psychological distress
    47% academic problems
    41% aggression toward [parents].

    Clinical Observations on Interferences of Early Father Absence in the Achievement of Femininity by R. Lohr, C. g, A. Mendell and B. Riemer, Clinical Social Work Journal, V. 17, #4, Winter, 1989

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    Re: Effects of removing a father from a child's life.

    Just a quick observation. The Lohr study measured children's responses to "the absence of the father", not to his "remov[al] to the position of a visitor". While less desirable from the child's perspective than cohabitation, even minimal engagement with his/her father can positively influence the child's development - more especially so in the case of boys. Divorced dads should not be discouraged from seeking to maintain a relationship with their children, however many obstacles SHE might try to put in the way of that.
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