Mothers and Fathers Coparenting Together

Authored by: John M. Beaton , William J. Doherty , Lisa M. Wenger

The Routledge Handbook of Family Communication

Print publication date:  November  2012
Online publication date:  November  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415881982
eBook ISBN: 9780203848166
Adobe ISBN: 9781136946370


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The coparenting relationship between mothers and fathers is a central feature of family life, however, the coparenting relationship was mostly ignored by family scholars and researchers until at least the mid 1990s. The construct of “coparenting” was usually synonymous with postdivorce coparenting and confined to the study of conflict and cooperation across households. It is only in the past 15 years that both family theory and research directly assessing multiple dimensions of coparenting has exploded.

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