When examining parental subsystem characteristics, we found them to be quite meaningful in how close children reported being with their stepfathers. Specifically, when children feel that mothers and stepfathers are agreeable in temps of their parenting, and infrequently argue, the children are more likely to attain closeness to their stepfathers.
Although external resources might remain important to family functioning, it seems that children may be more concerned with how well their mothers and stepfathers get along and with how much they can still communicate with their mothers once a stepfamily has been formed.
Stepfamily formation: Implications for adolescent ties to mothers, nonresident fathers, and stepfathers. Journal of Marriage and Family, 71,954-968.
The findings of the research on the links between aspects of children's relationships with their nonresidential fathers or stepfathers and psychological adjustment provide support for the importance of these relationships.
In the most recent study, King (2006) tested five competing hypotheses regarding the relation between closeness to nonresidential fathers and to stepfathers and adolescent functioning.
The effects of closeness with stepfathers may also depend on the child's gender.
Our models also include controls for the amount of child support received in a typical month (0=none, 4=more than $500; mean substitution used in 1% of cases) and nonresident biological fathers' involvement (similar to the involvement scales for mothers and stepfathers, but with the inclusion of frequency of overnight visits and frequency of communication; alpha=0.81).
The average Briton is likely to be a depressed stepfather
who can reasonably expect to receive a telegram from the Queen, a major survey of social trends says today.
THE average Briton is likely to be a depressed stepfather
who can expect to receive a telegram from the Queen, a major survey of social trends says today.
In general, research suggests that stepfathers appear to assume similar levels of responsibility for childrearing as do biological fathers (Hofferth & Anderson, 2003), but they are less engaged and less emotionally close to their stepchildren than are biological fathers with their children (Fagan, Newash, & Schlosser, 2000; Hofferth, 2003).
No studies have examined whether such findings hold for stepfathers, although there is some related research suggesting that interactions with preadolescent and adolescent stepdaughters are more conflict-ridden (e.g., Bray & Kelly, 1998; Hetherington & Kelly, 2002).
The findings of the study suggest that differences in rates of child homicides by stepfathers and genetic fathers are considerably smaller than previous researchers have claimed and that these differences are unlikely to be explained by a biological relationship.
Those supporting the theory claim stepfathers have no genetic reason to invest parental resources in a child they are not biologically related to and so they are more likely to maltreat abuse or even kill these children.
Brians stepfather is an independent contractor who delivers papers for the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers.
The fatal shooting of a 15-year-old Chicago boy slain while delivering newspapers with his stepfather to earn money to buy presents may have been the result of mistaken identity and rooted in an ongoing gang war that didnt involve him, Chicago police said Monday during a news conference in a city where gun violence this year has left nearly 600 people dead.