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The Psychological Effects of the Absentee Parents to the Personality Development of College Students

The Psychological Effects of the Absentee Parents to the Personality Development of College Students

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The Psychological Effects of the Absentee Parents to the PersonalityDevelopment of College Students
A Research PaperPresented tothe Faculty of the Languages and Literature DepartmentCollege of Liberal ArtsDe La Salle University
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DasmariñasIn Partial Fulfillmentof the Requirements for the CourseENGL102
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Communication Art and Skills 2Efellaine M. CastroJomari del RosarioApril Jane GonzalesJosef Paolo JimenezKong Tae-KyuSeptember 2011
 
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Table of Contents
Introduction ..................................................................................................... 3Methodology ................................................................................................... 5Results ............................................................................................................ 6Discussion ....................................................................................................... 10References ...................................................................................................... 13
 
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Introduction
Personality ismade up of the characteristic patterns of thoughts, feelingsand behaviors that make a person unique. In addition to this, personality arisesfrom within the individual and remains fairly consistent throughout life(Feist &Feist, 2006). There has been much research on the crisis of single parent homeand discussion that American families suffer because one or both parents arefrequently absent (Lamb, 1990, as cited in Feist & Feist). The primary reasonwhy families suffer is because fathers are absent and their absences have animpact on the critical development of their sons and daughters. They are asmuch critical to their daughters as well as their mothers too. Obviously, theyprovided half the genetic material for personality development. The same, too,may be applied to a Southeast Asian country like Philippines, whom peoplerepresented by the numbers 8.6 million to 11 million or about 11% of the totalpopulation are outside the country, typically heading for work(en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overseas_Filipino
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.Most psychologist including S. Freud, C. Jung, K. Horney and M. Kleinbelieved in the notion that filial neglect or pampering shapes the personality andwell-being of a child. (As cited in Feist & Feist, 2006) , according to
Bowlby’s
attachment theory 
, which resorted to unorthodox psychoanalytic thinking bytaking into account the childhood and its proceeding developmental years (thatis, adolescence) as its starting point and then extrapolating forwards toadulthood. Bowlby firmly believed that the attachments, bonds and loyalty formedduring childhood. Because childhood attachment is crucial to later development,Bowlby argued that investigators should study childhood directly and not rely ondistorted retrospective accounts from adult (Bowlby, 1969; 1988, as cited in Feist& Feist).Being in agreement to the Attachment Theory of John Bowlby, theresearchers wanted to work under the assumption that early separation of aparent to child makes a wholly complicated scenario when it comes to

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