with respect to psychoanalytic theory, the father-ideal is part of the larger ego-ideal, which the larger model implies is formed through the identification with parental figures, or simply parents by children..

FATHER-IDEAL: "Younger child, it is said, develop their father ideal concept through observation of their own fathers as they grow up."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "FATHER-IDEAL," in PsychologyDictionary.org, May 11, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/father-ideal/ (accessed October 16, 2021).