How Fathers Respond When Their Youth Leave and Return Home
Family relationships, Father child relationships, Home situation
Few social scientists have examined the impact that adult children's leaving and returning home have upon fathers and their family relationships. In a sample of 325 fathers in Indiana and Michigan, 41% reported some stress as negative/disturbed reactions about a child's leaving home. These reactions were much greater than some earlier studies have shown. Overall, (as explained by the A-B-C-X Model of Stress) the fathers' definition of their situation was the factor most related to the fathers' negative feelings about their child's leaving home, to their related psychosomatic complaints and their lower sense of well-being. It was not related, however, to fathers' satisfaction with their family life. Implications of these findings are discussed.
Original Publication Citation
Lewis, R. A., & Duncan, S. F. (1991). How fathers respond when their youth leave and return home. Prevention in Human Services, 9, 223-234.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Lewis, Robert A. and Duncan, Stephen F., "How Fathers Respond When Their Youth Leave and Return Home" (2008). Faculty Publications. 4663.
Prevention in Human Services
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
© 1991 by The Haworth Press, Inc.
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