If one could choose for the best interests of both boys and girls, the father is even more essential than the mother. Girls need the security even more than boys do.This is significant point, and can be impacted by family and social dynamics.
There are a number of issues when there is not a firm patricach presence from the father. Research has shown sexual development and behaviour starts earlier in female teenagers when the father figure is absent from development. Here is only one study's conclusions, but there are similar studies that support the need for a healthy father involvement with his daughter's development: