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All Our Families, a project of the Berkeley Forum on the Family, takes a hard look at contemporary families. Thoroughly revised and updated, this second edition includes chapters on divorcing families, single-parent families, step-families, dual-income families, adolescent-parent families, immigrant families, and gay and lesbian families. Distinguished by their exceptional reputations as family scholars, the Forum's interdisciplinary team of authors examines the challenges to existing public policies that are brought on by problems such as custody disputes, family poverty, parental kidnapping, fathers who aren't really fathers, abuse and neglect, and the special psychological conditions faced by today's couples with newborns. The contending claims of biological and psychological parents are also exposed and confronted.
Essential for courses in sociology, psychology, social work, public policy, and law, All Our Families, 2/e proposes new policies for strengthening the families of America as we move into the twenty-first century.
1. Introduction, Mary Ann Mason, Arlene Skolnick, and Stephen D. Sugarman
2. Single-Parent Families, Stephen D. Sugarmann
3. Families Started by Teenagers, Jane Mauldon
4. Children of Divorce: A Society in Search of Policy, Judith S. Wallerstein
5. The Modern American Stepfamily: Problems and Possibilities, Mary Ann Mason
6. Ambiguous-Father Families, Ira Mark Ellman
7. Gay and Lesbian Families: Queer Like Us, Judith Stacey
8. A Sign of Family Disorder? Changing Representations of Parental Kidnapping, Paula S. Fass
9. New Families: Modern Couples as New Pioneers, Philip Cowan and Carolyn Pape Cowan
10. Working Families: Hearth to Market, Neil Gilbert
11. Immigrant Families, Sylvia Guendelman
12. Abusive and Neglecting Parents and the Care of Their Children, Richard P. Barth
13. Solomon's Children: The New Biologism, Psychological Parenthood, Attachment Theory, and the Best Interests Standard, Arlene Skolnick