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All our families : new policies for a new century : a report of the Berkeley family forum
Mason, Mary Ann.
Expanded and updated second edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Oxford University Press, [2003]

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x, 310 pages ; 24 cm
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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, parentalkidnapping, 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.

Author Notes

Mary Ann Mason is at University of California, Berkeley. Arlene Skolnick is at New York University. Stephen D. Sugarman is at University of California, Berkeley.

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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