Archives of Women's Mental Health

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 45–47 | Cite as

The influence of father-daughter relationship and girls' sex-roles on girls' self-esteem

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The aim of this study was to explain how a father-daughter relationship and a girl's femininity has an influence on a girl's self-esteem by examining the relationship among paternal rearing, a girl's self-esteem, and a girl's femininity. Subjects were 319 girls attending junior high school and high school. Paternal rearing, girls' self-esteem, and their femininity were measured on the Parental Bonding Instrument, the Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory, and the Bem Sex-Role Inventory, respectively. Fathers' overprotection had significant negative correlation with daughters' self-esteem in the junior high school students (r = −0.32, p < 0.01), but not in the high school students. While, daughters' femininity significantly correlated with their self-esteem both in the junior high school students (r = 0.32, p < 0.01) and in the high school students (r = 0.48, p < 0.01).

Keywords: Father-daughter relationship; self-esteem; femininity. 


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© Springer-Verlag Wien 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Mori
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mental Health, Tokyo University Graduate School of Medicine, Tokyo, JapanJP

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