Stepfamily Realities: How to Overcome Difficulties and Have a Happy Family

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New Harbinger Publications, 1994 - Family psychotherapy. - 257 pages
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Noting that the failure rate of second (and subsequent) marriages is higher than that for first-time marriages, this book addresses the major issues confronting members of stepfamilies. Drawing on case studies and experiences with a broad range of stepfamily situations, the book provides valuable insights and practical advice to help stepfamilies overcome inherent difficulties and blend successfully. The 19 chapters address the following topics: (1) an overview of stepfamily realities; (2) beginning to understand how stepfamilies work; (3) individual differences and the force of togetherness; (4) the force of separateness in stepfamilies and the search for self; (5) boundaries and personal space in stepfamilies; (6) individual habits, attitudes, values and rituals that come into stepfamilies; (7) emotions in stepfamilies; (8) spoken, unspoken, and hidden contracts; family rules; (9) jealousy in stepfamilies; (10) birth-order characteristics and sibling displacement; (11) discipline in stepfamilies; (12) balancing acts in stepfamilies; (13) the changed nature of relationships in stepfamilies; (14) the biological child in the stepfamily; (15) sexuality in stepfamilies; (16) money issues in stepfamilies; (17) assertive communication skills (parts 1 and 2); and (18) the reality that stepfamily life can match your dreams. A short resource list is included. (HTH)

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