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Father reflections on doing family in stepfamilies

Charlotte Pylyser (UGent) , Jan De Mol (UGent) , Tom Loeys (UGent) and Ann Buysse (UGent)
(2019) FAMILY RELATIONS. 68(4). p.500-511
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Objective To explore fathers' experiences as biological parents in father-stepmother families. Background Biological parents play an important role in the formation and development of stepfamily relationships, but little is known about fathers in stepfamilies. Method In-person interviews were conducted with 10 Belgian fathers. Interviews were analyzed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Results Three themes emerged from the data: (a) reflecting on children's experiences and transitions, (b) pursuing a shared family understanding, and (c) innovating new ways of doing fatherhood and family. The first theme centers on fathers' concerns about the impact family transitions may have on their children. The second theme centers on fathers' pursuit of a shared understanding that clarifies family roles and expectations within the stepfamily. The last theme addresses the creativity of these fathers as they co-construct new stepfamily and fatherhood identities in the absence of culturally ascribed norms. Conclusion Given their connecting role as parent and partner, biological fathers in stepfamilies are key to the formation and development of a new family narrative. Findings contribute to family practitioners' understanding of how fathers experience stepfamily life.
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CUSTODY ARRANGEMENTS, SINGLE MOTHERS, REMARRIAGE, CAUGHT, doing family, fathers and fatherhood, parenting, qualitative research, stepfamilies

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Pylyser, Charlotte, et al. “Father Reflections on Doing Family in Stepfamilies.” FAMILY RELATIONS, vol. 68, no. 4, Wiley, 2019, pp. 500–11.
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Pylyser, C., De Mol, J., Loeys, T., & Buysse, A. (2019). Father reflections on doing family in stepfamilies. FAMILY RELATIONS, 68(4), 500–511.
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Pylyser, Charlotte, Jan De Mol, Tom Loeys, and Ann Buysse. 2019. “Father Reflections on Doing Family in Stepfamilies.” FAMILY RELATIONS 68 (4): 500–511.
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Pylyser, Charlotte, Jan De Mol, Tom Loeys, and Ann Buysse. 2019. “Father Reflections on Doing Family in Stepfamilies.” FAMILY RELATIONS 68 (4): 500–511.
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Pylyser C, De Mol J, Loeys T, Buysse A. Father reflections on doing family in stepfamilies. FAMILY RELATIONS. 2019;68(4):500–11.
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C. Pylyser, J. De Mol, T. Loeys, and A. Buysse, “Father reflections on doing family in stepfamilies,” FAMILY RELATIONS, vol. 68, no. 4, pp. 500–511, 2019.
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  abstract     = {Objective To explore fathers' experiences as biological parents in father-stepmother families. Background Biological parents play an important role in the formation and development of stepfamily relationships, but little is known about fathers in stepfamilies. Method In-person interviews were conducted with 10 Belgian fathers. Interviews were analyzed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Results Three themes emerged from the data: (a) reflecting on children's experiences and transitions, (b) pursuing a shared family understanding, and (c) innovating new ways of doing fatherhood and family. The first theme centers on fathers' concerns about the impact family transitions may have on their children. The second theme centers on fathers' pursuit of a shared understanding that clarifies family roles and expectations within the stepfamily. The last theme addresses the creativity of these fathers as they co-construct new stepfamily and fatherhood identities in the absence of culturally ascribed norms. Conclusion Given their connecting role as parent and partner, biological fathers in stepfamilies are key to the formation and development of a new family narrative. Findings contribute to family practitioners' understanding of how fathers experience stepfamily life.},
  author       = {Pylyser, Charlotte and De Mol, Jan and Loeys, Tom and Buysse, Ann},
  issn         = {0197-6664},
  journal      = {FAMILY RELATIONS},
  keywords     = {CUSTODY ARRANGEMENTS,SINGLE MOTHERS,REMARRIAGE,CAUGHT,doing family,fathers and fatherhood,parenting,qualitative research,stepfamilies},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {500--511},
  publisher    = {Wiley},
  title        = {Father reflections on doing family in stepfamilies},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/fare.12377},
  volume       = {68},
  year         = {2019},
}

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