Emotionally Absent Fathers: Furthering the Understanding of Homosexuality

Emotionally Absent Fathers: Furthering the Understanding of Homosexuality

Emotionally Absent Fathers: Furthering the Understanding of Homosexuality

Emotionally Absent Fathers: Furthering the Understanding of Homosexualitys

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Référence bibliographique [4015]

Seutter, Ray A. et Rovers, Martin. 2004. «Emotionally Absent Fathers: Furthering the Understanding of Homosexuality ». Journal of Psychology & Theology, vol. 32, no 1, p. 43-49.

Fiche synthèse

1. Objectifs


Intentions :
«The purpose of this article is to study family of origin, especially the influence of intergenerational intimacy and intergenerational intimidation in the father-son and the mother-son relationship, and its possible impact on the emergence of same sex attraction.» (p. 43)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
154 séminaristes catholiques à travers toutes les régions du Canada; parmi ceux-ci, 84 % s’identifient comme étant hétérosexuels et 16 % homosexuels.

Instruments :
The Personal Authority in the Family Questionnaire-College version (PAFS-QVC)

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse statistique

3. Résumé


«Homosexuality is a complex and multi-factorial mosaic. The debate regarding the etiology of homosexuality ranges from the biological to psychological, from the essential/materialist to the constructionist. This study explored emotionally absent fathers as one variable in the understanding of homosexuality. The levels of father-son and mother-son emotional connectedness/distance, measured in terms of intimacy and intimidation, were studied among male Catholic seminarians in Canada. Results indicated that those seminarians who identified their sexual orientation as homosexual scored significantly lower on their level of intimacy with their fathers than did heterosexual seminarians. No such differences existed in the relationship of seminarians and their mothers. There were no significant differences on the intimidation scores. Results lend new credence to the« weak father » theory of homosexuality and to the importance of same-sex emotional connectedness in the psychosexual gender development of individuals. Implications for therapy are discussed with suggestions for further research.» (p. 43)