Interestingly, too, when female college students were asked what they would do if their fathers disapproved of their career plans, the overwhelming majority said they would not change their plans. The well-fathered daughter is also the most likely to have relationships with men that are emotionally intimate and fulfilling. Even college and professional female athletes often credit their fathers for helping them to become tenacious, self-disciplined, ambitious, and successful. For example, undergraduate women who did not have good relationships with their fathers had lower than normal cortisol levels. As a consequence of having made wiser decisions in regard to sex and dating, these daughters generally have more satisfying, more long-lasting marriages. As you might guess, daughters whose fathers have been actively engaged throughout childhood in promoting their academic or athletic achievements and encouraging their self-reliance and assertiveness are more likely to graduate from college and to enter the higher paying, more demanding jobs traditionally held by males. Some research suggests certain turning points or significant events can draw them closer. Indeed, the low cortisol daughters were more likely than the higher cortisol daughters who had the better relationships with their dads to describe their relationships with men in stressful terms of rejection, unpredictability or coercion. Not surprisingly, a girl who has a secure, supportive, communicative relationship with her father is less likely to get pregnant as a teenager and less likely to become sexually active in her early teens. Many still seem to believe that daughters should spend the most time and share the most personal information with their mothers, but women miss out if they neglect the bond they have with their fathers. Considering the benefits of being able to talk comfortably with their fathers, these findings are discouraging. Child Care , Women , Fathers Conversations about the importance of fathers usually revolve around sons: Some daughters also mentioned working with their dads or vacationing alone with him. As a consequence of having better emotional and mental health, these young women are more apt to have the kinds of skills and attitudes that lead to more fulfilling relationships with men.