Warning: fsockopen(): php_network_getaddresses: getaddrinfo failed: Name or service not known in /home/bqadtr35ape/www.dayofshame.net/wp-content/plugins/vigilantor/lib/TorDNSEL.php on line 209

Warning: fsockopen(): unable to connect to udp://exitlist.torproject.org:53 (php_network_getaddresses: getaddrinfo failed: Name or service not known) in /home/bqadtr35ape/www.dayofshame.net/wp-content/plugins/vigilantor/lib/TorDNSEL.php on line 209
Study Supports the “Weak Father” Theory of Homosexuality

Study Supports the “Weak Father” Theory of Homosexuality

by admin on March 31, 2011

Reviewed by Christopher H. Rosik, Ph.D. reprint

In a published study of Roman Catholic seminarians in Canada (Seutter & Rovers, 2004), the authors report that 24 respondents who were self-identified as homosexual had a significantly lower mean level of intimacy with their fathers than did 130 heterosexually identified respondents.

The study did not find significant differences between these groups for 1) intimacy with mother; 2) a sense of intimidation in relationship with father; or 3) a intimidation with mother, although the latter comparison approached significance, with homosexual seminarians reporting greater mother intimidation.

Seutter and Rovers make several observations about their results. While strongly supportive of a multi-factorial, interactionist perspective on the cause of same-sex attractions, the authors observe that “These findings can be seen to be compatible with the hypothesis of the father-son unit as the basis for analysis of homosexuality. These results are also consistent with family-of-origin theory, which emphasizes the centrality of the child-parent relationship, such as the male child’s [lack of] relationship with his father….

“The point is that the father-son relationship is an essential place for therapeutic investigation, and therapists might be leaving pieces of unfinished business if they shy away from it.” (pp. 46-47)

They caution that their results should not be taken as an unequivocal indication that addressing father-son issues with the homosexual male will influence the client’s experience of same-sex attraction.

The authors further note that their findings suggest the value of a male therapist when working with a male homosexual client who has unfinished emotional issues with his father.

Reference
Seutter, R. A., & Rovers, M. (2004). Emotionally absent fathers: Furthering the understanding of homosexuality. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 32, 43-49

Previous post:

Next post: