Women and Their Fathers: The Sexual and Romantic Impact of the First Man in Your Life

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Examines the father-daughter relationship and how it influences a woman's feelings about men, sex, and commitment

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Another useful, levelheaded examination of a complex relationship. Secunda (When You and Your Mother Can't Be Friends, 1990, etc.) looks at father-daughter relationships, identifying them as templates for future attachments. The ``good-enough father,'' for example, offers dependability, involvement, and interest throughout his daughter's life, assuring her self-confidence and self- sufficiency. In contrast, the ``doting father's'' daughter lacks self-reliance, while the ``distant father''--by far the most prevalent--raises one who comes to expect little from any partner. Secunda supports the profiles of these types and others with relevant anecdotes and some significant research before looking more closely at the patterns of adult intimacy these daughters seek out: Competitive daughters, she observes, tend to find nurturing partners, while favored ones rarely establish satisfying connections. Secunda offers a three-part journey of discovery for daughters trying to improve relations with their fathers-- remembering, healing, and reconnecting--but she's too savvy to suggest that all families can benefit from direct confrontation, especially those troubled by incest. The point of the process, Secunda maintains, is to get past the lingering fear and/or anger and to learn how to avoid finding men like these less-than-ideal fathers. Solid and evocative from the start, with considerable potential as a popular choice. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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Having completed her hugely successful When You and Your Mother Can't Be Friends ( LJ 6/1/90), Secunda moves on to the father/daughter relationship. She theorizes that a woman's adult relationships with men are shaped by her relationship with her father. Dad may have been absent, doting, distant, or demanding; his little girl a maverick, a good girl, fearful, or competitive. In any case, she grows up to marry someone just like Dad. Gender identity and sibling birth order also enter the picture. If the conflicts created by the particular father/daughter relationship are examined, then healing can begin. Both father and daughter can put the relationship in perspective and move on to a more mature relationship. This title will be just as popular as the last. Essential for public and academic libraries with self-help collections.
- Lisa Wise, Three Rivers Lib. System, Glenwood Springs, Col.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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