An interdisciplinary look at changing family models in recent decades, Future Families draws from work in many areas including developmental psychology, sociology, cross-cultural scholarship, ethnic studies, history, legal studies, economics, and more. Ideal for courses in any of these areas, the text looks at ways in which an increased acceptance of new family forms can potentially benefit children's socio-emotional development.
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.
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