A clarification of the concept of psychological father presence in families experiencing ambiguity of boundary

P. Boss

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Abstract

It is proposed that a high degree of psychological father presence, when incongruent with reality and if persistent over time, is negatively related to family functionality. Data collected in 1975 from a representative sample of 47 families of servicemen missing-in-action (MIA) are presented. Correlational analysis reveals significant covariance between family functionality and psychological father presence, operating in a negative direction, as proposed, regarding expressive dimensions of psychological father presence, but in a positive direction when the family keeps the MIA father present for the instrumental reason of financial providing. Psychological father presence is established as a viable concept in regard to father absence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-151
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1977

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