What Does Psychology Say about Father-Daughter Relationships?

By Wasim Kakroo

THE relationship between a father and his daughter is special and lovely. The father is an important figure in his daughter’s life, and their relationship moulds her personality. But the question is why is the father-daughter relationship so vital?

According to studies, a father’s influence on the life of a daughter has a significant impact on her psychological development. Confidence, clarity, stronger self-esteem, and a deeper knowledge of who they are and what they want, are all traits of those girls who have a healthy relationship with her father. Her behavior toward other men in her life is likewise influenced by this link. In this article, I will be discussing the importance of the father-daughter relationship.

Fathers have a huge influence on their daughters’ mental and emotional development. This relationship is vital and meaningful in the following ways:

  1. It has the potential to improve mental health

Daughters who have a close, healthy relationship with their fathers have better mental health than daughters who have dysfunctional relationship with their fathers.

These girls are less likely to feel lonely and depressed throughout their early developmental years. They are also better prepared to deal with mental health issues like anxiety and depression. They are also better equipped to deal with the stressors that adults face on a daily basis.

  1. It has a significant impact on her future romantic activities

According to many experts, the father is frequently looked at as a model for their daughters’ possible romantic relationships. In fact, they claim that straight daughters prefer males with comparable personality attributes to their father.

Furthermore, many women consider their father’s relationship with their mother and themselves as a model for how they expect to be treated in future romantic relationships.

Women who have had unhealthy dysfunctional father-daughter relationships are more prone to accept similar treatment from their romantic partners.

  1. It can affect a woman’s self-esteem

The father-daughter relationship has a significant impact on how a kid lives with loneliness and mental health disorders such as anxiety and despair. It can, however, have a significant impact on a woman’s self-esteem.

Daughters who have emotionally distant fathers are thought to have more self-esteem concerns. This is due to the fact that these women had to show themselves worthy of their father’s adoration on a regular basis.

Women with positive father-daughter connections, on the other hand, have a stronger sense of self and are more confident in dealing with life’s challenges.

  1. Academically, the Daughters Perform Better

In traditional families, the women (mothers) are normally in charge of caring for the children and assisting them with their homework and schooling in general. Many experts now believe that when their fathers are involved, daughters have a better chance of succeeding.

Children receive greater assistance and access to the tools necessary for academic advancement in this manner, and they are frequently encouraged to take on and attempt to master more difficult subjects, which provides them with more educational and professional prospects later in life.

  1. The Daughters Will Have Fewer Body Image Problems

Daughters who had toxic connections with their fathers were more likely to suffer various body image issues, according to an exploratory study conducted in 2020. This is especially true when the fathers communicate, either verbally or nonverbally, that a woman’s worth is determined solely by her appearance. Thus healthy father-daughter relationship leads to positive body image among such daughters.

  1. Daughters Are More Likely To Take Chances

Women in positive father-daughter relationships are more prone to take risks and be adventurous. This personality feature allows such women to participate in a wider range of activities. As a result, there are more options and a greater sense of fulfillment in their life.

  1. It may have an impact on her communication abilities

Surprisingly, the type of relationship a father and daughter have can have a significant impact on a woman’s social contacts throughout time. Women who have had their father-daughter relationship broken, for example, find it more difficult to explain their feelings, thoughts, and intentions to their male and female acquaintances.

Women who have a wonderful father-daughter relationship, on the other hand, do not have this problem.

  • The author is a licensed clinical psychologist (alumni of Govt. Medical College Srinagar) and works as a consultant clinical psychologist at Centre for Mental Health Services at Rambagh Srinagar. He can be reached at 8825067196

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