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Do Fathers Bond Better With Sons, RatherThan Daughters

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DO FATHERS BOND BETTER WITH SONS, RATHER THAN DAUGHTERS AND DO MOTHERS BOND BETTER WITH DAUGHTERS RATHER THAN SONS? PSYCHOLOGY COURSEWORK BY JOANNA HOOK 11H INTRODUCTION The study that I will be conducting for my Psychology coursework will be on, parental bonding, specifically on mother/daughter and father/son relationships. My question is "Do fathers bond better with their sons rather than their daughters, and do mothers bond better with their daughters rather than sons?" John Bowlby was a psychoanalyst that worked from 1940 to 1080. He had a theory that attachment is innate in both infants and mothers. This means that it's an inborn or natural occurrence. The formation of this attachment is crucial for the development of the infant. It does not matter about the sex of the child. The key features of his theory was on the observation of young animals, such as newly hatched ducklings, and noticed that they followed their mother closely, everywhere she went. He proposed that a human infant was also genetically programmed to form an attachment to its mother. He also proposed that between the ages of 6 months and three years, is the easiest time to form an attachment. Bowlby argued that if an attachment has not formed during this time, it would probably be too late. He also argued that the mother is biologically programmed to care for her child and that the baby's main attachment is to the mother (or substitute mother). He proposed that the child's father had no direct emotional importance to the child. Bowlby conducted his case study, by conduction interviews with a number of emotionally disturbed juveniles. ...read more.


to his father, yet they all agreed that in a crisis they all want to talk to their mothers first, but 2 women added that their fathers would probably be more help. One woman spends more time with her father but the other participants spend more time with their same sex parent, and all 5 agree that over the years, they have spent more time with their mothers and that their mothers do more for them, yet they all feel more comfortable with their same sex parent. All three women consider their mother to be a friend but both men said they consider neither parent as a friend. And finally 4 of the 5 people surveyed said that they slightly favour their mother, but one man said that the favoured his father. RESULTS FROM OBSERVATIONAL STUDY I decided to study a family consisting of, mother, father and 3 children. Boy aged 10, boy aged 6 and girl aged 9 months. I studied them for 2 hours each day for 1 week from 6 till 8 pm, as that was the time that the father was home and dinner had been eaten. Day 1. Older boy (boy 1) was playing at friends house, mother was teaching spellings to younger boy (boy 2), and father was playing with female (baby). When boy 2 came home he talked about his day to his mother and asked his father if he could watch a T.V. program. When baby started to get sleepy she held her arms up to the mother and would not go to the father. ...read more.


From the evidence that I have gathered I have concluded that mothers have certain roles, they are the primary care giver, they feed and wash and clean, they help with homework and fix the broken things, as well as take care of cuts and scrapes. Mothers are the efficient stability in the child s upbringing, no matter what sex the child is. She is the one who answers hard questions, the one that helps, and the one that is always there. But the father is the person who plays and laughs, even though he is the one who has to tell them off, weather it is a boy or girl this seams to be the role. Maybe its because the father is out at work all day, so he only sees the children for a short amount of time, and wants to see the happy playful side of them, but he also gets the role of disciplinarian, so that mother can say `ive had enough, wait till your father gets home`. Looking at the case study and the results of my questionnaire, I feel that both study's show that mothers have one role and fathers have another, but I believe that my results show that mothers mostly spend more time with the children so end up being the person who the children of both sex rely on. I would also like to add that these results are based on parents who are still together and where the father is the only parent in employment, as I feel that my results would be too hard to conclude with a wider variety of home situations and a small amount of questionnaires ...read more.

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