step-father

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step-father

A male caregiver of a child who assumed the parental role through marriage to one of the child's original (usually biological) parents. Most commonly, a step-father is the second husband of a child's biological mother. I live with my dad during the week and then visit my mom and step-father every other weekend.
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"My sons, to assure you that I love you, no more need be known or said than that you are my sons; and to encourage a suspicion that I do not love you, no more is needed than the knowledge that I have no self-control as far as preservation of your patrimony is concerned; therefore, that you may for the future feel sure that I love you like a father, and have no wish to ruin you like a stepfather, I propose to do with you what I have for some time back meditated, and after mature deliberation decided upon.
How a positive relationship with a biological father influences attitudes toward a stepfather is less well known.
Finally, the ability to develop a close relationship with a stepfather may be associated with the number of children in the household--an effect we controlled for with a continuous variable measured at time of interview.
Also, due to the limitations of the data set, we were only able to assess stepfamilies consisting of a mother and a stepfather, as opposed to father-stepmother households.
But Sir Mark, dismissing her appeal, said: "Mr A is not a father by biological paternity or adoption, nor a stepfather by marriage.
(5-8) Relatedly, Kapinus and Gorman (9) found that both males and females in single-mother and mother-stepfather families have more positive views about becoming teenage parents than do adolescents who are adopted or living with both biological parents, and Trent (10) reported that white adolescents who live with a mother and a stepfather are more likely than those living with both biological parents to anticipate becoming teenage parents.
This kind of an internalization could limit a stepfather's ability to influence his stepchild's attitudes toward sex.
Yet, a stepfather's presence may be influential on a stepchild.
We expect that a stepfather's influence will depend on how the stepchild experiences the relationship.
(48) Consistent with this notion, some studies have suggested that fathers are more likely to influence the development of sons than of daughters (49,50) and that males benefit more from the presence of a stepfather than do females.
Analyses of the combined sample suggest that the more a stepfather cares about his stepchild, the less the adolescent's disposition toward having sex may be, whereas the more the two attend public entertainment events together (e.g., movies or sporting events), the more positive the disposition.