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Sons Without Fathers: What Every Mother Needs to Know Paperback – March 4, 2012

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Mardi Allen, Ph.D. and James L. Dickerson are co-authors of “How to Screen Adoptive and Foster Parents: A Workbook for Professionals and Students” and “The Basics of Adoption: A Guide for Building Families in the U.S. and Canada.” Dr. Allen is a psychologist who counsels families in private practice, clinical liaison for the Mississippi Department of Mental Health, and a former president of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. Dickerson is a social work innovator who has developed new programs such as the Foster Parent Syndrome, a screening procedure for selecting adoptive and foster parents, and “You’ve Got a Friend,” a federally funded socialization program for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In addition, he is the author of two health-related books, “Cirrhosis: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed” and “Yellow Fever: A Deadly Disease Poised to Kill Again.”
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  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Sartoris Literary Group (March 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615609503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615609508
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,485,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I did not enjoy this book. There were some useful tidbits of information and tips, but most of it was common knowledge embedded in tedious amounts of digression. I understand that the writers have a PHd, but they need to realize that the rest of the world can comprehend beyond a third-grade level. Their credentials are enough that the facts can simply be stated, perhaps with the research, but without all the stories. Might have been wiser to 'empathize' with the extremely busy single moms, this book is geared towards, who don't have time for all the fluff. 10% of the book was spent explaining how likely it is that my son will grow up to be a maladjusted criminal, and labelling the majority of fatherless boys as 'Unfriendly World' children, which put me on the defensive, right out of the gate. It went on to say that women should put up with everything short of taking a beating to avoid losing the father. And, of course, in the occurrence of divorce one should always say happy things about the father and try to get along and not be selfish... Um, duh!
There was no chapter on sons born from rape, which I would have liked to see, containing just simple facts, how and when to explain it, without any derogatory labels, or prophesies of doom.
The book also speaks in a lot of absolutes that can be contradictory, depending on the point the authors are trying to make. Instead of saying what's possible, what to watch for, and what to do about it, it just plainly says, 'without a supportive father, this WILL happen, and very few of you solitary mothers will be able to do anything about it without finding a man to help you.' Which basically summarizes the entire book.
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THIS BOOK IS A MUST READ FOR ALL MOMS WHO ARE TRYING TO DO IT ALONE. THE BOOK HELPS THE MOTHER GET RID OF THE GUILT OF THEIR SON'S SITUATION AND HELPS THEM FIND SOLUTIONS. SONS WITHOUT FATHERS CREATE A MAJOR SOCIETAL CRISIS THAT AFFECTS EVERYONE IN THE UNITED STATES. PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS, FRIENDS, TEACHERS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS ALL HAVE SOME RESPONSIBILITY TO THESE YOUNG MEN WHO ARE SUFFERING WITHOUT A FATHER IN THEIR LIVES. IF THE MATURE ADULTS DON'T MAKE CHANGES SOON WE WILL ALL PAY A HUGE PRICE FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF A GENERATION OF ANGRY, DEPRESSED YOUNG MEN. THIS BOOK IS NOT ABOUT BLAME OR POINTING FINGERS, IT SIMPLY OFFERS ENCOURAGEMENT AND TIPS ON FACING THE REALITY AND MOVING ON EITHER BY RE-CONNECTION OF THE SON WITH HIS FATHER OR FINDING THE PROPER ROLE MODELS TO TAKE HIS PLACE. THE AUTHORS INCLUDE RELEVANT RESEARCH TO HELP THE READER UNDERSTAND AND TRUST THE RECOMMENDATIONS GIVEN. AS A COLLEGE PROFESSOR, I HAVE WITNESSED SIMILAR SITUATIONS TO THOSE GIVEN IN THE BOOK. I WISH I HAD KNOWN THIS INFORMATION FOR YEARS TO HELP MANY HURTING MOTHERS MOVE BEYOND THEIR PERSONAL PAIN FROM DIVORCE OR WHATEVER CREATED THE LOSS OF THE FATHER TO TURNING THEIR FOCUS ON GETTING THEIR SONS IN THE PRESENCE OF ADULT MALE ROLE MODELS. THIS IS AN EXCELLENT BOOK FOR SOCIOLOGY, SOCIAL WORK, PSYCHOLOGY OR COUNSELING PROFESSIONALS, NOT TO MENTION ANY MOM FACING THE TASK OF REARING HER SON WITHOUT HIS FATHER. FRANCES TABB ALLEN
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By Kathryn Rogers on September 29, 2015
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I am a therapist who sees single mothers every day who struggle with playing both parents to their sons. It was eye opening to read an enlightening perspective about the unique struggles which come from raising sons without fathers. I will certainly be recommending this book for those mothers to read. Very well done!
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