Anti-Depressants or Good Fathers?

I have just finished reading a great book called ‘Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters’ written by Dr Meg Meeker. I’ve always known that dads are important, but this book through its practical research drives home just how essential a dad is in the life of a girl. It states:

* “Daughters who perceive their fathers care a lot about them, who feel connected to their fathers, have significantly fewer suicide attempts and fewer instances of body dissatisfaction, depression, low self-esteem, substance abuse and unhealthy weight.

* Girls with involved fathers are twice as likely to stay in school.

* A daughter’s self esteem is best predicted by her father’s physical affection.

* Girls with good fathers are less likely to flaunt themselves to seek male attention.

* Girls with involved fathers wait longer to initiate sex and have lower rates of teen pregnancy.

* 79 percent of teen girls said that fathers influenced their decisions on whether they should become sexually active.”

One thing Dr Meeker states strongly in her book is the direct link between pre-marital sex and depression. When you look at the above list you can’t help but wonder, do our girls need more anti-depressants and government programs OR rather a community of strong fathers and men who value and protect the daughters of our society? City Women needs great men!

Letitia Shelton

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2 thoughts on “Anti-Depressants or Good Fathers?

  1. Shelton you seem a group of emotionally inhibited species! There is more to good fathers than your absurd abstinences or “inappropriate” sexuality.
    The problem in areas like Toowoomba are parents, the last century attitude in terms of open education including all churches who fail to promote early sex education in schools. It is appalling when teenagers still are not educated in this area and have no idea about the natural functions of a human body.

  2. I think this article is really “on-the money”, sadly due to many different circumstances, many wonderful girls are without caring fathers in their lives, so although I believe positive parental role-models are very imporatant, what is the answer when you are without them? I do believe that everyone makes a choice on how they want to live their lives and encouraging young girls to know their self worth and be true to themselves is really paramount, as these role model parents they crave often don’t exist. Encouranging girls to surround themselves with positive people from a young age is of most importance and those people in their lives all contribuite to the positive motivation & influences that young girls need.

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