The Fatherbook: A Document for Therapeutic Work with Father-Absent Early Adolescent Boys

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Abstract

ABSTRACT

There is convincing evidence that children who grow up without fathers are vulnerable for psychosocial dysfunction. A document called the “Fatherbook” is presented for therapeutic work with the father-absent early adolescent boy. Modeled on the life story book used with children in foster care, the Fatherbook records information, thoughts, and feelings about absent fathers. It provides a tangible object with which the youngster can begin to work through the experience of being fatherless. The boy's mother must have the opportunity to voice her feelings about the Fatherbook because the Fatherbook brings the father back into her life as well as her son's.

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