Fathers have a very important role in the raising of children. My interest lies in the effects of absent fathers with daughters. In my own experience, girls who do not have a proper male role model in their lives tend to end up looking for male influences in their lives in sex and relationships. I read the abstract to an article by Hetherington, E. Mavis from the APA and they agreed that girls tend to engage in “early heterosexual behavior” and “proximity seeking and attention seeking from males.” This comes from divorced parents, according to Hetherington, and different reactions come from daughters of widows. These girls end up quite the opposite and engage in “inhibition, rigidity, avoidance, and restraint around males.” So in essence, fathers have an immense role in the raising of daughters for without them, they seem to end up lost.