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A father figure is usually considered to be an older man, often one in a position of power or influence, who arouses emotions usually felt for a person's father and with whom a person identifies psychologically.[1]

In more general use, it means an adult male who is recognized as the authoritative senior of another (usually younger) person, sometimes expressed by the use of the address forms father viz. son (as between a clergyman and a layman, irrespective of age).

References

  1. ^ Father-Figure 123 Explore Retrieved on 9 January 2008

A father figure is usually an older man, often one in a position of power or influence, who arouses emotions usually felt for a person's father, and with whom a person identifies psychologically. Several studies have suggested that positive father figures, whether biological fathers or others, are generally associated with healthy child development.[1]

The term can also refer to an adult male who may be recognized as the authoritative senior of another (usually younger) person; for example, a clergyman.

See also

References

  1. ^ Lamb, Michael E. The role of the father in child development, John Wiley and Sons, 2004, p. 436.
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