“Stepdads beat biological fathers in parenting, study says.”
“Stepdads do better than real dads in ‘fragile’ families.”
“Stepfathers make better parents.”
This is how dozens of major newspapers and media outlets are reporting a new study published in the Journal of Marriage and Family which compares stepfathers to biological fathers.
Many of you have written to me about this study–to learn more, see Stepdads are better parents, study finds (Detroit Free Press, 8/10/08). Contrary to what the media is saying, the study does not actually say that stepfathers are better or that they parent better than biological fathers.
I discussed the study on Adler on Line, a nationally-syndicated radio show available on radio stations throughout Canada. To listen to the broadcast, click on the network’s audio page here and set it to August 12 at 3 PM. The interview begins after the top of the hour news at about 7:00 and continues for about a half hour.