Psychology 100:

Assignment 1: Exploration of a Professional Journal Article in Psychology
Title: The Role and Influence of the Father on his Child
Cynthia D. Canady
Strayer University: South Raleigh Campus

Psychology: Human Adjustment
August 21, 2012
The Role and Influence of the Father on His Child
This research article reviews the effects of the father’s influence on his child. It involves interpretative phenomenological analysis of eight participants and the recurrence of information provided in case notes of three men and five women.
This research is based on philosophical discipline originated by Edmund Husserl (1913). Husserl developed the phenomenological method to make possible a descriptive account of the essential structures of the directly given. Phenomenology emphasizes the immediacy of experience, the attempt to isolate it and set it off from all assumptions of existence or causal influence and lay bare its essential structure. (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2012)
During my research I have gathered from this information why a father’s personality and behavior may effect a child’s social and emotional adjustment. Particularly, how children obtain and maintain healthy relationships with others in their future.
The purpose of this research is to examine the role of the father and his child’s upbringing and to determine whether that role has a positive or negative effect. The findings will support the eight recurrent themes evolving from the 12 master themes of the eight participants.
Table 1 shows the result of a clustering of many emergent themes which emanated from the interviews of the eight participants.
Table 1 Twelve master themes emanation from the emerging themes of the eight participants (p179)


Master themes Paul Sandra Malcolm Robert Stella Margaret Alexa Charlotte

Control Yes Yes Emerging Emerging (Mother) No No Emerging (Alexa) No
Masculinity Yes No No No No No No No
Rejection Yes No...