“One of the very few books to offer mental health professionals an in-depth, practical guide to dealing with teenage fathers, it also provides something that has rarely been attempted before, an appreciation of the problem from a multicultural perspective that takes into account both universal and culture-specific points of view…. This book is a significant addition to the sparse teenage-father literature.” --Child & Family Behavior Therapy “Social service providers, scholars, and policymakers interested in the dilemmas facing teenage fathers should find this easy-to-read book a valuable resource…. The most impressive aspect of this book is that Mark S. Kiselica provides numerous and detailed recommendations … to address every imaginable issue service providers might face … when dealing with teenage fathers and their families. This book is therefore a valuable contribution to the burgeoning literature on teenage pregnancy.” --William Marsiglio, Ph.D., University of Florida “Thanks to Mark S. Kiselica's book, we now have a weapon that … helps practitioners win the battle of keeping teenage fathers in school, in counseling, and in a positive relationship with their children…. This book provides the best help possible for practitioners working with unwed adolescent fathers and helps future generations avoid the pitfalls and tragedies that create unmarried paternity.” --from the Foreword by Leo E. Hendricks, Ph.D., Researcher on Adolescent Fathers “Mark S. Kiselica has produced an excellent volume that challenges and transcends harmful stereotypes about teenage fathers…. This well-conceived and well-presented book substantially advances our understanding and practice with a poorly served clientele.” --Harold E. Cheatham, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University “I think this book is a real contribution to the field. It provides insight into … the issues faced by young fathers … as well as … practical advice for addressing these issues.” --Sally Brown, Project Director, The Maine Young Fathers Project An up-to-date and in-depth guide for dealing with teenage fathers, this volume provides a framework for responding to not only the general but also the culturally specific needs of any given unwed teen father. Offering perceptive solutions, the author significantly contributes to the existing literature on how to help teenage men who face unplanned, out-of-wedlock fatherhood by providing clear and concise guidance within the web of legal, family, and personal issues surrounding teenage fatherhood. The book examines the role of the teenage father's relationships--to his parents, his child, the mother of his child and her parents, and his peers--as they relate to his adjustment and changing worldview. While sensitive to cultural considerations, author Mark S. Kiselica illuminates ways in which to encourage teenage fathers to take control of their lives and act responsibly, regardless of cultural background. Giving due attention to the teenage father and the issues he faces, this volume provides valuable information and strategies for all helping professionals--including counselors, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, ministers, nurses, early childhood professionals, teachers, and administrators--who work with teenage parents. “Turning the coin from the more familiar side of committed, sensitive service generally available to unwed teenage mothers, author Mark S. Kiselica has produced an excellent volume that challenges and transcends harmful stereotypes about teenage fathers. Combining research findings with his clinical experience with this population, Kiselica provides a profile of the common needs of the teenage male. In turn, he provides dynamic perspectives on the common and culturally distinct experiences and needs of the teenage father. Ultimately, through case studies, Kiselica provides additional insights and strategies that will guide professional interventions that replace the commonplace, indifferent, or punitive responses to the teenage male facing the dilemma of addressing his roles and responsibilities in an unplanned, out-of-wedlock pregnancy. This well-conceived and well-presented book substantially advances our understanding and practice with a poorly served clientele.” --Harold E. Cheatham, The Pennsylvania State University
Anglo American Teenage Fathers
Anglo American Teenage Fathers
Several scholars (e.g., Butts, 1989; Ladner & Gourdine, 1984; Scott-Jones, 1993; Williams, 1991) have criticized researchers and the mass media for a bias that shifts the focus of unwed adolescent sexual behavior, pregnancy, and parenthood almost exclusively to African American and Hispanic American teenagers and ignores the same problems among Anglo Americans. One consequence of this portrayal of the subject is that many professionals are unaware that the majority of teenage parents in the United States are Anglo Americans.
To achieve a thorough understanding of teenage parenthood in this country, the hidden problem of adolescent childbearing in the Anglo American community must be exposed and confronted. The purpose of this chapter is to raise awareness of adolescent sexual activity, ...