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By Gary Clapton

Nearly all literature approximately start mom and dad of followed little ones has keen on moms. during this pioneering examine, Gary Clapton supplies us a clean point of view: he recounts the reviews of thirty start fathers separated from their teenagers at delivery, and indicates methods of using this information to paintings with followed childrens, their adoptive households and delivery mom and dad. Discussing diversified notions of fatherhood, akin to organic paternity, social fatherhood, sperm donorship and the 'father figure,' this informative ebook offers new mild on matters reminiscent of the choice to renounce a baby for adoption, the kid's wish to locate his or her start mom and dad, and the facilitation of touch later in lifestyles. Written in an available kind for busy specialist readers, start Fathers and their Adoption reports bargains a brand new figuring out of the factors and results of adoption, and makes confident feedback for operating with these whom it impacts.

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The private lives of fathers remain ‘largely hidden’ (Burgess and Ruxton 1996, v). Much of the existing research has explored what fathers do – or do not do (Lewis 1986). Relatively little exists about what being a father is and how men perceive of themselves in this capacity – where fatherhood fits in a man’s identity and men’s 54 / BIRTH FATHERS AND THEIR ADOPTION EXPERIENCES perceptions of themselves as fathers. Fathering in its widest sense is little researched (Lewis 2000). For instance, research has rarely explored matters of how men become fathers (Burgess 1997; La Rossa 1986; Lewis 1982; May 1982) or sought to examine fatherhood as a concept (McKee and O’Brien 1982a).

BIRTH FATHERS: WHAT DO WE KNOW? / 41 Whether my interpretation of a possible bias in Tugendhat (1992) and Brodzinsky (1990) betrays an over-sensitivity on my part (after all many men do ‘abdicate responsibility’), or shows continuing negative attitudes toward birth fathers, is perhaps a matter for a more systematic critique of the adoption literature. However, negative attitudes towards birth fathers may not have entirely disappeared from contemporary adoption literature. This subject is revisited in the conclusion.

18) There was no evidence of wanting to physically reclaim the child. The Australian work was innovatory because it was the first 36 / BIRTH FATHERS AND THEIR ADOPTION EXPERIENCES research to explore the emotional and psychological aspects of birth fathers’ experiences. g. the persistence of feelings of distress and loss and the disturbing emotional short-term effects of the adoption. Out of the Shadows: Birth Fathers’ Stories 1995 Out of the Shadows is a collection of ‘birth fathers’ stories’ (Mason 1995); a valuable portrayal and discussion of men’s accounts of the effects of separation from their children.

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