From family structure to function: the maternal and paternal role in «modern» families

Journal title PNEI REVIEW
Author/s Mariapia De Bari, Rossana Terni
Publishing Year 2023 Issue 2023/2 Language Italian
Pages 14 P. 21-34 File size 1132 KB
DOI 10.3280/PNEI2023-002003
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The pluralisation of families and the formation of new family identities has shifted the focus of research and clinical evaluation of the family to the study of co-paren- ting and paternal and maternal functions that go beyond gender definitions. There are numerous studies that confirm the influence of the quality of family relationships and the social environment on the psychological development of children with respect to the number of parents, their gender, sexual orien- tation or method of conception. However, phenomena of stigmatisation, prejudice and discrimination towards those families who deviate from the traditional family still persist. Research has repeatedly shown that children who have no biological connection to their parents do not differ from those who share a biological relationship and that there is no relationship between parental sexual orientation and any type of measure of sexual orientation, emotional, psychosocial and behavio- ral adaptation of the child. Transversally across the different family forms, it is the high levels of parental stress, couple conflicts and an imbalance in the affective and ethical-normative parental functions that generate long-term maladjustment in the offspring.

Keywords: Coparenting, Family, LGBT, New family forms, Parent-child relationship, Stigma.

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Mariapia De Bari, Rossana Terni, Dalla struttura alla funzione familiare: i ruoli materno e paterno nelle famiglie «moderne» in "PNEI REVIEW" 2/2023, pp 21-34, DOI: 10.3280/PNEI2023-002003