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The role of father-son relationship in behavioural and emotional development of adolescent boys

Enid M. Pitsoane
Velisiwe G. Gasa


This paper investigated how father-son relationship affects the adolescent boys’ behavioural and emotional development. A questionnaire was used to collect data from 403 adolescent boys in various schools under Tshwane district. The findings revealed that behavioural and emotional problems experienced by adolescent boys are, among others, associated with strained father-son relationships. As a result, the paper expresses the importance of a sound relationship between a father and his son and thereby recommends the intervention strategies to be used to mend the strained relationship.

Keywords: Behavioural adjustment, emotional development, adolescent boys, attachment