Future Families : Diverse Forms, Rich Possibilities.
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- Somerset : John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2013.
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- Future Families explores the variety of family forms which characterize our contemporary culture, while addressing the implications of these increasingly diverse family units on child development. Reveals the diversity of new family forms based on the most current research on fathers, same-gender parents, new reproductive technologies, and immigrant families Illustrates that children and adults can thrive in a variety of non-traditional family forms Shows the interrelatedness of new trends in family organization through the common themes of embedded families and caregiving in community and cultural contexts Features an interdisciplinary approach, drawing from works in areas that include child development, family studies, sociology, cross-cultural scholarship, ethnic studies, biology, neuroscience, anthropology and even architecture Sets an agenda for future research in the area of families by identifying important gaps in our knowledge about families and parenting.
Future Families: Diverse Forms, Rich Possibilities
About the Author
1 Challenges to the Ideal Family Form
The Myth of the Historical Baseline
From Past to Present
Meet the Families
The Evans: The "Ideal" Nuclear Family
The Millers: The Dual Career, Outsourcing Family
Baker-Ashe: The Cohabitating Family
The Winstons: The Single-Mother-by-Choice Family
The Fuller Family: The Adolescent Mother Family
The Tremblay-Bailey Family: The Stepparent Family
Standish-McCLoud: The Lesbian Parent Family
The Lewin Family: The Reverse Role Family
The Darcys: The Assisted Reproductive Technology Family
The Dorados: The Extended Family
The Benningtons and the Winfields: The Intergenerational Families
How Did We Get Here? The Changing Historical Context of Families
Beyond the Nuclear Family: The Interdependent Model of Contemporary Parenting
Many Forms of Shared Child Responsibility
Families Do Not Exist in a Social Vacuum: Parents, Extra Familial Partners, and the Development of Social Capital
Some Further Guiding Assumptions
Process and Form Need to Be Considered for Understanding Families
The Goals of Family Socialization
Different Cultures, Different Families
Different Ethnicities, Different Families
Many Disciplines Are Necessary to Understand the Variety of Family Forms
A Developmental Perspective on Families Is Useful
A Brief Orientation to the Goals of the Book
2 Changing Parental Roles: The Sharing and Redistribution of Family Responsibility in Contemporary Families
Setting the Stage for the New Roles in Contemporary Families
To Work or Not to Work: The Implications of the Rise of Maternal Employment
The Emergence of Fathers as More Equal and Competent Caregivers.
Who Benefits from Increased Father Involvement? Mothers, Fathers, and Children Too
No Reason to Worry: Fathers, Not Just Mothers, are Biologically Prepared for Parenting
Another Reason Not to Worry about Paternal Caregiving: Fathers Are Competent Caregivers
A Matter of Play: Do Mothers and Fathers Provide Unique Experiences for Their Children?
How Mutable Are These Stylistic Differences?
A Further Challenge to the "Ideal" Family Form: The Reverse Role Family
And the Children Are Fine Too When Mom Goes to Work and Children Go to Child Care
3 Further Assaults on the "Ideal" Family Form: Divorce, Remarriage, Single Parenthood, and Cohabitation
The Changing Face of Divorce
What Causes Divorce?
The Consequences of Divorce
Who Is Affected Most?
Divorce and the Single-Parent Household
Does Custody Matter?
Not All Divorced Families Are Alike: Why Some Families Work Better Than Others
Remarriage: Harmful or Helpful?
Not All Single-Parent Families Are a Result of Divorce: The Rise of Other Types of Single-Parent Families
Two Profiles of Single-Mother Families
Poor Single Mothers
The Fate of Children in Single-Parent Families?
Not All Poor Single Moms Are Alike
Not All Children Have Problems
A New Group of Single Mothers: Single Mothers by Choice
Are There Advantages of Being a Single Mother?
Single Fathers: A Growing Family Form
Single Fathers: Myth versus Reality
The Cohabitating Family: An Increasingly Common Alternative to Marriage
Challenges for Cohabitating Families
What Happens to the Children of Cohabitating Parents?
Is Family Form the Culprit? In Search of Explanations
Is Marriage the Solution for Improving Children's Development?
What Is the Future of This Family Form?
4 Same-Gender Families: Are Two Mothers or Fathers Good Enough?
The Controversy about the Wisdom of Same-Gender Parent Families Is Alive and Well
How Prevalent Are Same-Gender Parent Families?
Routes to Parenthood among Gay/Lesbian Couples
The Challenges of Same-Gender Parenting
Division of Household Responsibilities in Same-Gender Families
Parenting Practices in Same-Gender Families
Is Gender of Parent or Family Process More Important?
Factors that Alter Parenting Processes in Same-Gender Families
Growing Up in a Same-Gender Parent Family: Harmful or Helpful for Children's Development?
Beyond Neutral: Advantages for Parents and Children of Same-Gender Families
Challenges to the "Ideal" Family Form
5 How Many "Parents" Are Too Many? Insights from the Assisted Reproductive Technologies Front
What Are the Assisted Reproductive Technologies?
Is the Myth of the "Ideal" Family at Risk When Family Formation Is Achieved by Use of ART
Who Are the Consumers of ART? Another Case of Class, Race, and Age Discrimination
The Rights of Parents, Children, and Biological Contributors and the Protection of the "Ideal" Family Form
Who Is Right - the Nondisclosers or the Disclosers?
Is Three or More a Crowd? The Effects of Contact between Surrogates, Donors, or Donor Siblings
The New Legal Landscape and the Rights of Donors and Surrogates
Are ART Parents Adequate and Are Their Children Developing Normally?
Are Children Conceived through the Use of ART at Risk?
6 Many Mothers, Many Fathers, Many Others: Insights from Other Cultures
Beyond Mothers and Fathers: Siblings as Caregivers
Beyond the Nuclear Family: Grandparents as Caregivers
Beyond the Nuclear Family: Aunts and Uncles
Beyond Family: Nonrelatives as Caregivers.
Variability in the Distribution of Caregiving Responsibilities
Cautionary Tales: The Israeli Kibbutz and American Communes as Extreme Forms of Cooperative Childcare
7 All about Relatives and Fictive Relatives: Insights from Diverse Ethnic Groups in Our Own Culture (Past and Present)
Lessons from North American Indigenous Families
African American Families: Kin and Fictive Kin
Latino Families: A Further Challenge to the "Ideal" Family Form
Asian American Families: Another Lesson in Interdependence
The Immigrant Paradox and the Bicultural Family
Divided by Borders: Transnational Families as New Family Forms
The Implications of Transnational Families for Our Definition of the "Ideal" Family
Lessons from Immigrant Families
8 Multiple Caregivers: Harmful or Helpful for Caregivers Themselves
Is Parenting Beneficial for the Parent? The Impact of Being a Parent on Adult Development
Beyond Parents: Do Relatives as Caregivers Benefit Too?
Nonrelatives as Caregivers/Socializers
9 In Support of Alternative Family Forms: Overcoming the Barriers to Change
The Legal Landscape: Treacherous Terrain for All but the "Ideal" Family Form
Medical Establishment and New Family Forms
Government Family Policy Initiatives
Child Care: Another Policy Challenge
Depictions of Family in the Media: Beyond the "Ideal" Family form
Harnessing Innovations in Communication Technology to Reduce Distance between Families
Can We Design More Family Friendly Communities?
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- Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
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- Print version: Parke, Ross D. Future Families
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