Adamant father syndrome

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Adamant father syndrome is the term used to describe the behavior manifested by many circumcised men when they become fathers. The "adamant father" typically insists that any son born be circumcised even though there is no medical reason for it and it is contrary to current medical advice.[1] [2]

Goldman (1999) reports that circumcision is trauma and that trauma tends to repeat itself:

The behavioural re-enactment of the trauma is a compulsion for some trauma victims. Circumcision of infants may be regarded as an example of re-enacting the trauma of one's own circumcision. A survey of randomly selected primary care physicians showed that circumcision was more often supported by doctors who were older, male and circumcised.[3]

According to Brown & Brown (1987)[4] and Rediger & Muller (2013),[5] the circumcision status of the father is the most important determining factor in whether a boy is circumcised after birth.

Hill (2012) commented:

The best way to stop the cycle of trauma is to stop circumcising infants. Non-traumatized intact infants usually do not grow up to become circumcisers, so the cycle of trauma would end.[2]

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  1. REFbook Bigelow, Jim (1992): Chapter 10, Psychological Factors Related to Infant Circumcision, in: The Joy of Uncircumcising!. pp. 89-112. Hourglass Book Publishing, Inc. ISBN 0-934061-22-X. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  2. a b REFweb Hill, George (2012). Circumcision & Human Behavior. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  3. REFjournal Goldman, Ronald (1999): The psychological impact of circumcision, in: BJU Int. 83 Suppl 1: 93-103, PMID. Retrieved 11 November 2019.
  4. REFjournal Brown, Mark S. / Cheryl A. Brown (August 1987): Circumcision Decision: Prominence of Social Concerns, in: Pediatrics. 80 (2): 215-219, PMID. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  5. REFjournal Rediger, Chris / Andries J. Muller (February 2013): Parents' rationale for male circumcision, in: Can Fam Physician. 59 (2): e110-e115, PMID, PMC. Retrieved 10 November 2019.