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When Boys Become Parents

Adolescent Fatherhood in America

Mark S. Kiselica

Publication Year: 2008

After school specials about teenage pregnancy abound. Whether in television or in society, the focus tends toward young girls coping with all of the emotional and physical burdens of pregnancy but rarely is the perspective of the teenage fathers portrayed. In this informative book, Mark S. Kiselica draws on his many years of counseling teenage fathers to offer a compassionate look at the difficult life circumstances and the complicated hardships these young men experience. He dispels many of the myths surrounding teenage fatherhood and shows that, contrary to popular belief, these young men are often emotionally and physically involved in relationships with their partner and their child. But without support and guidance from adults, these relationships often deteriorate in the first year of the child-'s life. Kiselica offers advice for how professionals and policy makers can assist these young men and improve services for them.When Boys Become Parents provides a moving portrait of teenage fathers to any reader who wants to understand and help these young men to become more competent and loving parents during their journey to adulthood.

Published by: Rutgers University Press

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p. vii


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pp. ix-x

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p. xi

This book contains numerous stories reported by teenage fathers about their experiences. Many of these are drawn from the professional literature on the subject, while others are based on the clinical experiences of the author. ...

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1. The Looming Crisis America Must Confront

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pp. 1-11

For the past twenty-eight years I have been on a quest to help, study, and understand boys who become fathers during their teenage years. The seeds of this venture were sown many years ago, back in 1980 when I was a twenty-two-year-old young man, fresh out of college. ..

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2. The Sexual Worlds of American Teenagers from Different Eras and Their Impact on Boys Who Become Fathers

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pp. 12-30

When I left Fair Oaks in 1981, I was deeply affected by my memories of Steve and the other young fathers I had met during my two years working at the hospital. Their moving stories inspired me to reach out to other boys and men who had become parents while they were adolescents. ...

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3. The Characteristics and Parenting Behaviors of Adolescent Fathers: Stereotypical versus Accurate Portraits

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pp. 31-54

One evening during a heated community meeting regarding the problems of teenagers form an urban area of New Jersey, Sam, an influential local leaders, stood up to lament the moral decline of today's youth, which, he charged, was especially evident in the sexual behavior of adolescent boys. ...

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4. The Service Needs of Adolescent Fathers: Addressing Hardships and Societal Neglect

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pp. 55-85

Life was never easy for William. He was the youngest of three children raised by a single mom in a rough inner-city neighborhood. She did her best to provide for her two sons and her daughter, working as a custodian for the local school district. ...

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5. Helping Teenage Fathers: The Process of Engaging Young Fathers and Assisting Them with the Transition to Parenthood

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pp. 86-122

Before Ralph became a father at age eighteen, his life was in fairly good shape. He was about to graduate from high school, he had been accepted for admission to a state college, and he was very much in love with his girlfriend Angela, who was also about to graduate and head off to nursing school. ...

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6. Model Programs and Useful Resources: Comprehensive Service Projects, Organizations, Web Sites, Movies, and Young-Adult Books Pertaining to Teenage Fathers

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pp. 123-159

During the 1970s and through the early 1980s, it became clear that adolescent childbearing was a major social problem. Each year during that time period, about a million teenage girls got pregnant, and roughly half of those young women gave birth to a baby. ...

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7. Policy Considerations: What America Must Do to Prevent Early Fatherhood and Help Teenage Boys Who Are Fathers

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pp. 160-196

Institutional and public policies play a large role in determining the types of services that are offered and who is going to receive them. A surprisingly high number of adolescent fathers grasp this reality in spite of their seemingly unsophisticated ways, and they have many strong opinions about how their lives are affected by the policies...


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pp. 197-257


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pp. 259-263

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MARK S. KISELICA is a professor of counselor education at The College of New Jersey and a licensed psychologist, licensed professional counselor, and a national certified counselor. He is the author, coauthor, or coeditor of over a hundred professional publications, most of which are focused on counseling boys and men, especially teenage fathers, and on the process...

E-ISBN-13: 9780813545790
E-ISBN-10: 081354579X
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813543581
Print-ISBN-10: 0813543584

Page Count: 280
Publication Year: 2008

OCLC Number: 301781479
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  • Teenage fathers -- Counseling of -- United States.
  • Teenage fathers -- United States -- Life skills guides.
  • Unmarried fathers -- United States.
  • Teenage fathers -- Services for -- United States.
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