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Ross D. Parke is Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Emeritus, and past Director of the Center for Family Studies at the University of California, Riverside. He has authored or co-authored several books on the field, including Fathers and Fatherhood, Throwaway Dads, Child Psychology: A Contemporary Perspective, and Social Development.
Table of Contents
About the Author xi
1 Challenges to the Ideal Family Form 1
2 Changing Parental Roles: The Sharing and Redistribution of Family Responsibility in Contemporary Families 25
3 Further Assaults on the “Ideal” Family Form: Divorce, Remarriage, Single Parenthood, and Cohabitation 55
4 Same-Gender Families: Are Two Mothers or Fathers Good Enough? 84
5 How Many “Parents” Are Too Many? Insights from the Assisted Reproductive Technologies Front 111
6 Many Mothers, Many Fathers, Many Others: Insights from Other Cultures 141
7 All about Relatives and Fictive Relatives: Insights from Diverse Ethnic Groups in Our Own Culture (Past and Present) 160
8 Multiple Caregivers: Harmful or Helpful for Caregivers Themselves 191
9 In Support of Alternative Family Forms: Overcoming the Barriers to Change 209