Impact of Redefined Families on Children’s Development

Conclusions, Conceptual Perspectives, and Social Implications
  • Adele Eskeles Gottfried
  • Allen W. Gottfried


The chapters contained in this book represent families whose structure is at variance with both historical and traditional views. The conventional perspective that families comprise a mother/housewife, a father/sole earner, and a child(ren) is demographically in the minority in U.S. contemporary society (Wetzel, 1990). Each chapter and its research findings reveal a reformulation and redefinition of the parental role. The implications for children extend far beyond the family unit and pervade all institutions and aspects of our society and culture.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adele Eskeles Gottfried
    • 1
  • Allen W. Gottfried
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Educational Psychology and CounselingCalifornia State UniversityNorthridgeUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyCalifornia State UniversityFullertonUSA

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