Involved Dads Save Daughters from Risky Behavior

Kiley Crossland -June 16, 2017

Quality time with Dad decreases a daughter’s propensity for risky sexual activity, according to a study released last month.

The study, published in the journal Developmental Psychology, adds to a host of research that continues to highlight the importance of fathering for daughters.

Researchers Danielle DelPriore and Bruce Ellis of the University of Utah, and Gabriel Schlomer of the State University of New York at Albany, found an inverse relationship between the amount of quality fathering a daughter receives and her likelihood for promiscuous sex, unprotected sex, and sex while intoxicated.

While previous studies showed a link between less time with dad and risky sexual activity, some observers wondered whether genetics was somewhat to blame—a father prone to absence might pass on genes that made his daughter prone to risky behavior.

But this study derails that hypothesis.

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