The Impact of Father Absence on Child Mental Health: Three Possible Outcomes

  • Andrew BriggsEmail author


This chapter is about absent fathers. Drawing upon clinical material it discusses three mental health outcomes for children and young people when their fathers are absent from their parenting. Focusing on ADHD, self-harm and sexually inappropriate behaviour the chapter highlights how these derive from the relationship the child or young person has with the mother as the single parent. The chapter concerns a particular type of relationship some single mothers have with their children. It is not a chapter about all single mothers.


Fatherhood Mental health ADHD, self-harm Rape 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Private PracticeLondonUK

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