A rocky relationship history
Men with uninvolved fathers are more likely to struggle with relationships, and even more likely to face a divorce, according to the research. Keep in mind that children often mimic the relationship behaviors of their parents, so if they didn’t have a healthy and happy relationship to look up to in their parents, they may struggle to know how to have one themselves. Specifically, boys decide on how to treat women based on how they witnessed their fathers treat women. Furthermore, a healthy relationship with one’s father leads to what experts call “secure attachment,” which is essentially the healthy opposite of codependency issues. So without that relationship, a man can go on to have unhealthy attachment styles in relationships.