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Family Matters No. 67 - May 2004

Relationships of children in stepfamilies with their non-resident fathers

Marjorie Smith

Abstract

The number of children living in stepfamilies is increasing. Most of these children have another parent (usually the father) who is not resident in the household but with whom they have some contact. Children's views of the frequency of this contact, and the quality of father-child and other family relationships were explored in a recent study undertaken in the UK between 1998 and 2002. 'The Study of Stepchildren and Step-parenting', is reported on in this article.

The number of children living in stepfamilies is increasing. Most of these children have another parent (usually the father) who is not resident in the household but with whom they have some contact. Children's views of the frequency of this contact, and the quality of father-child and other family relationships were explored in a recent study undertaken in the UK between 1998 and 2002. 'The Study of Stepchildren and Step-parenting', is reported on in this article.

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