Q: Why is there a stigma that most young gay men have daddy issues? Where did that stem from? Is there any data/research showing it is true or false?
A: I must not get out much, because I've never heard of this idea before. I've never seen any research pertaining to this issue, but I don't think that gay men are any more likely to have "daddy issues" than anyone else.
Perhaps this idea comes from an old Freudian theory that gay men are a result of having an overbearing mother and an absent father. Freud believed this caused young men to identify with their mothers and emulate them, rather than their fathers. This would then result in these men growing up to be feminine and/or gay. However, this theory has been completely debunked by modern research. Gay men aren't any more likely than average to have absent fathers or overly involved mothers. Homosexuality is largely a product of biological factors, such as a person's genes and hormones. But, perhaps Freud's old theory still lives on as the basis for this stereotype.
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Dr. Ross Avilla has been teaching Human Sexuality since 2013 and has a PhD in psychology from UC Davis. Dr. Avilla is not a clinician and all information and advice offered on this website is for educational purposes only.