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All our families : new policies for a new century : a report of the Berkeley family forum
Mason, Mary Ann.
Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
xii, 260 pages ; 24 cm
Single-parent families / Stephen D. Sugarman -- Families started by teenagers / Jane Mauldon -- Children of divorce : a society in search of policy / Judith S. Wallerstein -- The modern American stepfamily : problems and possibilities / Mary Ann Mason -- Gay and lesbian families : queer like us / Judith Stacey -- A sign of family disorder? Changing representations of parental kidnapping / Paula S. Fass -- New families : modern couples as new pioneers / Philip Cowan and Carolyn Pape Cowan -- Working families : hearth to market / Neil Gilbert -- Abusive and neglecting parents and the care of their children / Richard P. Barth -- Solomon's children : the new biologism, psychological parenthood, attachment theory, and the best interests standard / Arlene Skolnick.
Reading Level:
1600 Lexile.

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HQ536 .E88 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
HQ536 .E88 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Focusing on the majority of American families who do not live as two parents and two children, the ideal family of the 1950s. The contributing authors examine the social and historical context in which new types of family have emerged, and the new conflicts and challenges to contemporary social policy that these emerging families have created.

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Most libraries will need to acquire this collection. Drawing on the academic strengths of several respected scholars from University of California at Berkeley's psychology, social work, and law faculties, these essays address the changing American family structure and focus especially on how changed family structures affect child welfare. An introductory chapter outlines the dimensions of family change. Later chapters consider a variety of issues: single parent families, families started by teenagers, children of divorce, children raised by stepparents, children raised by gay or lesbian parents, working parents, child kidnapping, and child abuse and neglect. The volume's concise and comprehensive overview of contemporary child welfare issues, and its highly accessible writing style, will make it required reading in many undergraduate and graduate social work courses, as well as in some specialized courses in sociology and psychology. All levels. W. Feigelman; Nassau Community College

Table of Contents

1 IntroductionMary Ann Mason and Arlene Skolnick and Stephen D. Sugarman
2 Single-Parent FamiliesStephen D. Sugarmann
3 Families Started by TeenagersJane Mauldon
4 Children of Divorce: A Society in Search of PolicyJudith S. Wallerstein
5 The Modern American Stepfamily: Problems and PossibilitiesMary Ann Mason
6 Ambiguous-Father FamiliesIra Mark Ellman
7 Gay and Lesbian Families: Queer Like UsJudith Stacey
8 A Sign of Family Disorder? Changing Representations of Parental KidnappingPaula S. Fass
9 New Families: Modern Couples as New PioneersPhilip Cowan and Carolyn Pape Cowan
10 Working Families: Hearth to MarketNeil Gilbert
11 Immigrant FamiliesSylvia Guendelman
12 Abusive and Neglecting Parents and the Care of Their ChildrenRichard P. Barth
13 Solomon's Children: The New Biologism, Psychological Parenthood, Attachment Theory, and the Best Interests StandardArlene Skolnick