10 Questions Answered About Fathers and Daughters
Dr. Peggy Drexler set out to write her book Our Fathers, Ourselves after finding very little research on the subject of daughters and fathers. Despite the evolution of women’s and men’s social roles, the father-daughter bond—whether strong and nurturing or broken or nonexistent—still holds an enormous sway over women. No matter how much their fathers may have disappointed or even hurt them, all the women she met felt a measure of loyalty and gratitude to them, and expressed their eagerness to stay connected to the men who were among the first loves in their lives. Fathers matter a great deal not only in childhood but well into adulthood—and yet few women are truly aware of the ways in which their fathers impact them. These are the questions she's most frequently asked about dads and daughters; to answer them here, she drew from the research she conducted while writing the book and since.