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Pensando familias

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BUENO, Rovana Kinas; VIEIRA, Mauro Luís  and  CREPALDI, Maria Aparecida. Fatherhood in the Context of Adoption. Pensando fam. [online]. 2016, vol.20, n.1, pp. 57-67. ISSN 1679-494X.

There are different ways to be a father. One is through the adoption. The present study aimed to investigate the fatherhood in the context of adoption. The specific aims are: describe the experience of fathers while they were waiting for the child; characterize the parenting experience; and identify the feelings and perceptions of fathers about their children. Study participants were four fathers who had an adopted child at the age of three or four years. It was realized an interview, whose content was analyzed qualitatively by thematic categorical analysis. It was found as result that: a) the moment of waiting for the child was experienced as a moment of anxiety; b) fathers experienced the fatherhood as something rewarding; c) among the feelings that fathers have with their children is the love and fear/concern aboutthe child's welfare. It was concluded that adoptive fathers are very involved with their children.

Keywords : fatherhood; father-child relations; adoption.

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