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The problems facing hospitals are outlined as they attempt tosurvive in a turbulent environment. One solution to coping withorganisational crisis is downsizing. However…
The problems facing hospitals are outlined as they attempt to survive in a turbulent environment. One solution to coping with organisational crisis is downsizing. However, there are often negative effects on human resources when an organisation conducts a reduction in force. In this article, a model of the stages of individual and organisational crisis is described; considerations for planning the downsizing process are identified; and suggestions for management development are presented.
Despite the over-representation of stepfamilies in the clientele receiving protective services, there is still very little information about the different forms of the…
Despite the over-representation of stepfamilies in the clientele receiving protective services, there is still very little information about the different forms of the parental commitment of stepfathers in those families. However, the characteristics of families receiving child protective services (CPS) are likely to influence the way that the stepfathers’ commitment is expressed.
Taking into account the viewpoint of mothers (n = 10), stepfathers (n = 10), and adolescents (n = 10), this study attempted to document, using the free association method and semistructured interviews, the following: (1) the representations that the members of these stepfamilies had of the stepfathers’ parental commitment; and (2) the way in which engagement was expressed in daily life.
While the participants agreed that the stepfather had a parental role to play, that is to take care of the children, they did not necessarily agree about which dimensions were the most important. Whereas the adults emphasized the child-rearing dimension of this role and the necessary cooperation with the biological parents, the adolescents insisted on the relational aspect. The results likewise indicated that these men were very committed to their partners’ adolescents and showed that even in families challenged by problems that lead to involvement with CPS, stepfathers can play a positive, supportive role.
This study represents an important addition to the existing literature on the role of stepfathers in that it uses multiple measures and direct reports from father figures allowing us to explore the main dimensions of stepfather commitment.