Shifting marriage and divorce patterns, transformation in the workplace, the growth of the women's movement and the development of the men's movement, all these social and cultural changes have changed fathers' traditional family roles and forced a reexamination of how fathers and children interact. Progress in this new understanding of fathers is highlighted in Fatherhood, a volume of empirical and theoretical research on fathers in families. The research pieces, written by such well-known scholars as Furstenberg, Seltzer, and Greif, examine differences in culture, class, nationality, and custodial status. The chapters focus on legal, economic, and policy questions, as well as on the interaction between fathers and children within the family. Some of the topics explored are fathers' involvement in child care, fathering in the inner city, and single fathers who have custody of their children. Fatherhood is the most current assessment of our research base on fatherhood available for professional, scholarly, and classroom use and is important reading for those interested in men's studies, family studies, gender studies, sociology, psychology, and social work.
Chapter 11: Stepfathers with Minor Children Living at Home: Parenting Perceptions and Relationship Quality
In recent years, a growing proportion of men have been playing either formal or informal stepfather roles in the United States. This trend has evolved because of (a) the rising proportion of births to unmarried women and the associated increase in postbirth marriages among these women, (b) rising rates of divorce and remarriages (or cohabitation) of women with children, and (c) maternal child custody patterns (Ahlburg & De Vita, 1992; Da Vanzo & Rahman, 1993; Hernandez, 1988; Miller & Moorman, 1989). Although it is difficult to generate precise estimates because of the growth in cohabitation, estimates using the 1987–1988 National Survey of ...