Stepfather Involvement in Social Interventions Made by Youth Protection Services in Stepfamilies (In Special Issue: Working With Troubled Adolescents).

Journal Name
Child and Family Social Work
Journal Volume
12
Journal Issue
3
Page Count
10
Year Published
2007
Author (Individual)
Parent, Claudine.
Saint-Jacques, Marie-Christine.
Beaudry, Madeleine.
Robitaille, Caroline.
Resource Type
Journal Article
Resource Format
Unbound

Despite efforts made by management and caseworkers to promote active parental participation in the protective context, fathers or other male figures are often brushed aside from intervention. This paper presents the results of qualitative research on methods used by youth protection caseworkers (n = 22) working with stepfather families. The main objective is to identify items that encourage or discourage stepfather involvement in psychosocial interventions. Results showed that certain items do not apply solely to stepfathers, but influence youth protection caseworker decision-making from a broader perspective. Particular characteristics associated with being a stepfather significantly influence involvement practices espoused by caseworkers, notably the absence of legal status and biological connection with the mother's children. (Author abstract)

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