But what exactly does that mean? Why do we automatically assume that these women have troubled relationships with their fathers? There seems to be some universal understanding that strong father-daughter relationships are crucial to the development of self-esteem. But despite this unspoken understanding, we don’t often hear about the importance of father figures for young women. We mostly hear about father-son and mother-daughter relationships. In fact, there is very little research devoted to father-daughter relationships. I couldn’t find any research on this issue in the Latino community.