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Pensando familias

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DAMIANI, Camila Ceron  and  COLOSSI, Patrícia Manozzo. The father’s physical and emotional absence in the perception of adult offspring. Pensando fam. [online]. 2015, vol.19, n.2, pp. 86-101. ISSN 1679-494X.

Paternal absence is a subject not well known in the national academic scope, despite influencing affective, cognitive and social development since the childhood. Thus, this work investigates the paternal’s absence beyond childhood and adolescence, addressing adults offspring’s perception about this aspect, identifying their feelings and experiences on this condition nowadays. It was a qualitative study of exploratory nature, with four adults ranging 25 to 40 years old, patients of psychologists who work in a psychology clinic, located in South area. All of them had have in common the perception of paternal absence, with origin both physical and emotional, as something that continues to bring repercussion in adulthood. Was used a demographics data questionnaire and semi-structured interview for data collect. The qualitative analysis was used for the discussion of results. To this, a literature review was conducted regarding the paternal absence during the development of children and adolescents in order to better understand the topic. Among the main results, it is highlighted the impact of this distance, being it physical and/or emotional, reflected in feelings of devaluation, abandonment, loneliness, insecurity, low self-esteem and difficulties in relationships which begin to be perceived in childhood and continue interfering in the development trajectory in the adulthood.

Keywords : Paternity; Parent-child relationships; Family relationships; Parenting.

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