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ERIC Number: EJ768662
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2445
Managing the Multifather Family: Stepfathers as Father Allies
Marsiglio, William; Hinojosa, Ramon
Journal of Marriage and Family, v69 n3 p845-862 Aug 2007
Drawing on qualitative in-depth interviews with 46 stepfathers, we explore how stepfathers characterize the biological father and their relations with him. We focus specifically on instances in which stepfathers directly and indirectly act like a "father ally"; that is, they presumably help the father sustain or improve his relationship with his child. Our analysis generates theoretical insights about father ally properties ("development," "purpose," "awareness level," "reciprocity routines," "building trust/respect," and "social capital") while discussing conditions that either facilitate ("male bonding," "avoiding the threshold of discomfort," "stepfather's romantic relationship security," "father's perceived worthiness," and "having biological children") or could foster ("mother as gatekeeper/mediator," "quality of stepfather-child relationship") its expression. We consider how stepfathers conceptualize and display a cooperative interactive style reflecting a less traditional masculine self. Our study illustrates some of the interpersonal complexities associated with stepfamily fatherhood in the United States.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States