American Stepfamilies

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Transaction Publishers - Social Science - 243 pages
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This book looks at the internal and external dynamics of stepfamilies, taking the reader through a series of case studies and examining characteristic pitfalls and opportunities. The author compares the basic building block of the stepfamily, the conflicts that arise, and the socio-historical origins of today's stepfamilies. He demonstrates that stepfamilies produce children who are just as well adjusted as children brought up by conventional families.

 

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Contents

An American Stepfamily
1
Hope and Experience Couples in Second Marriages
23
Pure Stepparents Less Risks Less Rewards
43
Yours and Mine Stepparents Whos in Charge Here?
61
Yours and Ours Stepparents Rookie and Veteran Parents
83
Yours Mine and Ours Stepparents Delicate Balances
107
Centrifugal Children ParentChild Relations
125
Inside the Stepfamily Children
139
Strangers in the House Stepsibling Relations
143
Outsiders and Insiders HalfSiblings
161
The Stepfamily in Society
173
Introduction
175
Challenge to Society Where Do Step families Fit In?
177
The Bottom Line Are Stepfamilies Successful?
197
The Way It IsThe Way It Should Be
229
Index
239

Introduction
141

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