In Stepdads: Stories of Love, Hope, and Repair, William Marsiglio addresses provocative and timely questions facing stepfathers, single mothers, and remarried couples today. Drawing on revealing in-depth interviews, Marsiglio explores how stepfathers and their partners with minor children of all ages make sense of their feelings and circumstances while managing the challenges of their unconventional families. He outlines individual, social, and legal strategies to enhance stepfathers,' mothers,' and children's lives.
William Marsiglio, professor of sociology at the University of Florida, has written extensively on the social psychology of men's sexuality, fertility, and fatherhood.
Part 1 Preface Chapter 2 1. Talking to Stepdads Chapter 3 2. A Lens for Stepfathering Chapter 4 3. Getting Started Chapter 5 4. Opening Doors, Being Involved Chapter 6 5. Overlooked Aspects of Stepfathering Chapter 7 6. The Name Game Chapter 8 7. Claiming and Bonding Chapter 9 8. Fathering Visions, Philosophy, and Context Chapter 10 9. Layers of Stepfathering Chapter 11 10. Taking action Part 12 Appendix A: Study Reflections, Lessons, and Recommendations Part 13 Appendix B: Sample of "Key Issues" for Semistructured Interview Guides: Stepfather, Birth Mother, Child Part 14 Notes Part 15 References