Effects of Deployed Fathers on Children Research Paper

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Cepeda 1 English 100 Effects of Deployed Fathers on Children Sigmund Freud said, “I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection”. This quote holds true in that fathers often bring qualities to the development of children that mothers do not (Popenoe 140). Fathers have been known to have a huge impact on their children’s lives since early history. Therefore, children who grow up without fathers usually end up having psychological and/or emotional problems, as well as other obstacles such as learning or behavioral problems. Several studies have been done to prove that this is true. “ Fatherless children are also 2 to 3 times more likely to develop an emotional or behavioral problem requiring psychiatric treatment”, said psychologist Wade Horn. Children who grow up with fathers benefit developmentally in different ways from having their father do “dad-type” things (Horn, Blankenhorn, and Pearlstein 32). It is obvious that mothers and fathers have very different ways of thinking when it comes to childrearing. Mothers are usually more protective of their children. They play with their children in a more sensitive way and also talk to them differently. On the other hand, during play, fathers are more physical with their children. They also talk to them less and instead listen and mimic them. With both of these styles being so different, children get the best of the both worlds. They are able to go with their father if they want to have fun and play and they are able to go with their mother if they have a more sensitive issue, such as if they fell and need
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Cepeda 2 nurturing. In “The Fatherhood Movement”, they discuss about how fathers are more into “doing” practical things with their children, rather than “talking” about doing things like most mothers. Having said this, it can be concluded that children without fathers suffer both with cognitive and social developments. (Horn, Blankenhorn, and Pearlstein) Surprisingly, children with military fathers deployed in war experience similar effects to that of children who grow up without having a father figure in their life. When fathers are deployed, much stress is put on the families and especially the children because they do not really understand what is happening. (Pfefferbaum, Houston, Sherman, and Melson) Everything in their life changes and they become confused. They don’t feel the sense of security they once felt with their father there. While some children express themselves in positive ways during deployment, other children may start to feel anxious. This is when emotional problems begin to develop. Most children with an active duty military father experience the same numerous effects during their fathers’ deployment, only varied by certain extents.
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