When Boys Become Parents: Adolescent Fatherhood in America

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Overview

In this informative book, Mark 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. Through vignettes of real-life experiences, based on Kiselica's many years of counseling, readers are offered a glimpse into the plight, frustrations, and insurmountable challenges these teenage fathers face. 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 professionals and policy-makers that calls for support groups led by caring male role models, bonding through sports before counseling begins, and peer-based recruitment. This book also features several model service programs already in existence that demonstrate that increased social support can lead to improved lives for the boys and their children.
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"Mark S. Kiselica highlights prevalent characteristics among teenage fathers and the cultural currents that shape common perceptions of them. In so doing, he dispels many myths while simultaneously acknowledging the personal struggles and contextual constraints these young males often encounter. He skillfully portrays the double bind that grips many young fathers—they are underprivileged yet underserved. The book's most significant contribution, therefore, arguably lies in its comprehensive review of programs and auxiliary resources that may be marshaled to assist young fathers and their families. Highly recommended."
director of Family Strengthening Initiatives, Texas Attorney General's Office - Michael Hayes

"This book shines a much-needed light on the struggles of adolescent fathers and what our society must do to help them. If every professional currently working in an adolescent parents program were to read this book, one can easily imagine a new generation of young fathers who are fully engaged in their children's lives."
director of the Loyola University Chicago's Center for the Human Rights of Child - James Garbarino

"When Boys Become Parents is a significant contribution that humanizes statistical data on the topic of teenage fatherhood that has been largely ignored. This book will appeal to students in human services courses and professionals serving youth populations."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813543581
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2008
  • Edition description: First Paperback Edition
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

MARK S. KISELICA is a professor of counselor education and vice provost and director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at The College of New Jersey. He has written over 130 publications, most of which are focused on the subjects of counseling boys and men, especially teenage fathers.

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Table of Contents

1 The Looming Crisis America Must Confront 1

2 The Sexual Worlds of American Teenagers from Different Eras and Their Impact on Boys Who Become Fathers 12

3 The Characteristics and Parenting Behaviors of Adolescent Fathers: Stereotypical versus Accurate Portraits 31

4 The Service Needs of Adolescent Fathers: Addressing Hardships and Societal Neglect 55

5 Helping Teenage Fathers: The Process of Engaging Young Fathers and Assisting Them with the Transition to Parenthood 86

6 Model Programs and Useful Resources: Comprehensive Service Projects, Organizations, Web Sites, Movies, and Young-Adult Books Pertaining to Teenage Fathers 123

7 Policy Considerations: What America Must Doto Prevent Early Fatherhood and Help Teenage Boys Who Are Fathers 160

Notes 197

Index 259

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