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Tan, Soo Yin
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The aim of this quantitative research is to find out if there is a correlation between the father-son relationship and the son’s desire for male intimacy. If there is a lack of a specific form of intimacy between father and son, would there result in a positive correlation in the type of intimacy that the son looks for in another male figure other than his father. Thus far there have not been any research which delve into the different aspects of a desire for male intimacy outside of sexual context and the focus of this research is not within the context of homosexuality but a heterosexual perspective from the son. This study also aims to find out if the son’s desire for male intimacy changes as the father-son relationship changes over different life stages.

An online survey was conducted and a total of 75 heterosexual males, age ranging from early 20s to late 30s and of different marital status, participated in the survey. A portion of the Father’s Presence Questionnaire (FPQ) was used as part of the survey. The questionnaire for the measurement of the Desire for Male Intimacy will be newly created with the questions taking reference from the Affectionate Communication Index which measures verbal, non-verbal and supportiveness displays of affection.

The results of this study showed a significant negative relationship between the father-son relationship and son’s desire for male intimacy during the National Service life stage of the son. However, there was no correlation that was significant at the other lifestages. There was also no significant relationship in the overall scores for the Father’s Presence Questionnaire and the Desire for Male Intimacy.
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BF723.F35 Seo
Appears in Collections:Master of Arts (Counselling & Guidance)

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