Perceptions of Fatherhood: Birth Fathers and Their Adoption Experiences.

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Clapton, G.
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Thirty birth fathers in Scotland were interviewed about their perceptions of fatherhood, adoption, and post-adoption contact. Half of the men were present at the birth of their child. Twelve of the men reported that the decision to relinquish the child was made under pressure from parents and six of the birth fathers were not consulted. Eighteen of the men indicated that they had been opposed to placing the child for adoption. Twenty-three of the men experienced grief, loss, powerlessness, and other emotional distress after the adoption of their child. Motivations for post-adoption contact focused on the desire to ensure the well-being of the child. However, the birth fathers did not want to disrupt the adoptive family. 1 reference.