The Psychological Effects of the Absentee Parents to the Personality Development of College Students
An Analytical Report
Presented to the
Humanities, Social Sciences, and Communications Department
Far Eastern University – East Asia College
In partial fulfilment
of the requirements for
3rdTrimester, AY 2011-2012
May 27, 2012
I. Background of the Study
Personality is made up of the characteristic patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviors that make a person unique. In addition to this, personality arises from within the individual and remains fairly consistent throughout life (Feist & Feist, 2006). There has been much research on the crisis of single parent home and discussion that American families suffer because one or both parents are frequently absent (Lamb, 1990, as cited in Feist & Feist). The primary reason why families suffer is because fathers are absent and their absences have an impact on the critical development of their sons and daughters. They are as much critical to their daughters as well as their mothers too. Obviously, they provided half the genetic material for personality development. The same, too, may be applied to a Southeast Asian country like Philippines, whom people represented by the numbers 8.6 million to 11 million or about 11% of the total population are outside the country, typically heading for work.
Most psychologist including S. Freud, C. Jung, K. Horney and M. Klein believed in the notion that filial neglect or pampering shapes the personality and well-being of a child. (As cited in Feist & Feist, 2006), according to Bowlby’s attachment theory, which resorted to unorthodox psychoanalytic thinking by taking into account the childhood and its proceeding developmental years (that is, adolescence) as its starting point and then extrapolating forwards to adulthood. Bowlby firmly believed that the attachments, bonds and loyalty formed during childhood. Because...