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The purpose of this literature review is to provide readers with an insight into one of the things that impacts a child's needs. That one thing, unfortunately, is the absence of a father in his or her life. This paper reviews literature on the different needs (Physiological, Safety, Love and Belongingness, Esteem, and Self-Actualization) that a child has according to Abraham Maslow. After each need has been determined and defined, then the impact of fatherlessness on those needs are discussed. The role of the single mother and society are also mentioned. Guidelines of how fathers, mothers, and society can impact the life of the child are being used in many areas of the United States. Many children are victims of this fatherless trend in the world, but all do not turn out to be one of the horrible statistics. Many children triumph over the impacts of fatherlessness and become what they desire to be.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of Early Childhood Education

First Advisor

Charles R. May

Second Advisor

Judith M. Finkelstein


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