What is Parenthood? | Nancy E. Dowd at Family Scholars

Nancy E. Dowd at Family Scholars: In What is Parenthood? Linda McClain and Daniel Cere bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars in a dialogue about parenthood, marriage, and the role of law, loosely organized around two radically different models. The integrative model generally views optimal parenthood as marital; optimal marriage as heterosexual (based on a perspective of sex differences); and optimal parent-child connections as biological. The alternative diversity model defines parent-child relationships not only by biology or adoption but also functionally, without attachment to a particular number or gender of parents, or to marriage as a preferred parental status.