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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An American Stepfamily
Hope and Experience Couples in Second Marriages
Pure Stepparents Less Risks Less Rewards
Yours and Mine Stepparents Whos in Charge Here?
Yours and Ours Stepparents Rookie and Veteran Parents
Yours Mine and Ours Stepparents Delicate Balances
Centrifugal Children ParentChild Relations
Inside the Stepfamily Children
Strangers in the House Stepsibling Relations
Outsiders and Insiders HalfSiblings
The Stepfamily in Society
Challenge to Society Where Do Step families Fit In?
The Bottom Line Are Stepfamilies Successful?
The Way It IsThe Way It Should Be