The next study discusses gender differences in the

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The next study discusses gender differences in the different aspects of adoption. With regards to infertility, women tend to be more distressed over all than men do, perhaps because they feel a closer tie to parenthood. Fatherhood is not necessarily as closely tied to the idea of manliness as motherhood
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The Hidden Voices 10 is to femininity. I Am would disagree. He believes that the father expresses his manliness by saying he would do anything for his children, that he would die for them. If a man cannot father or gives up his claim on his children, he is somehow a lesser man. In terms of unplanned pregnancies, the mother generally gets the blame. She is seen as irresponsible and overly sexual. The father here, again, is seen as a dead beat dad who will run at the first chance he gets. In transitioning into parenthood, men and women receive the experience differently. Women report greater satisfaction while men report greater home life stress (Freeark, 2005). The women are most likely happy because they fulfilled their perceived destiny. Men can become more stressed because of the added responsibility and cost. Todd has at least one or two posts where he worries about his children excessively, to the point where he is paralyzed with fear of the possibilities of what could happen to his children. Another study about sex differences in adoption covered similar topics but in a different way. It found that women tend to have a more positive opinion of adoption and also that women are more open to having a nontraditional family (Gibbons, 2006). In this study gender roles and ideas on adoption were assessed on a variety of scales and tests. The results concluded that men who were set in gender roles had a less favorable opinion of adoption. It is probable that the men behind these blogs would agree. I Am finds peace with his masculinity and femininity through therapy, so he is not rooted in his gender role when he forms his opinions of adoption. He can accept it more. A study on depression in adoptive fathers asked 30 women who had contact with adoptive families to determine whether the adoptive fathers showed depression and what the causes of it might be. 20 out of 25 of the women said the adoptive fathers definitely experienced depression. It was causes by many things. General increased stress, lingering grief over infertility, lack of bonding with the new child, depression during or related to the adoption process, difficult child temperament, expectations that were not met, previous parenting experience, or lack of information provided about the child (Foli, 2011). Todd experienced some depression after the adoption of his second child. It was definitely
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The Hidden Voices 11 related to the acceptance of letting go of his dream of having biological children. It did not take him long to get over these feelings, but they occurred and were significant for him and they were related to the explanations given in this study.
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