Stepparenting: Issues in Theory, Research, and Practice

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Kay Pasley, Marilyn Ihinger-Tallman
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1995 - Family & Relationships - 306 pages
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Pasley and Ihinger-Tallman provide a critical analysis of the current literature on stepparenting and summarize the progress made in research, theory, and practice related to stepfamilies. The chapters are written by contributors with expertise in various fields related to stepparenting. The contributors discuss a range of concerns and issues: theoretical concerns and present models useful to the study of stepparenting; research related to relationships within stepfamilies and the development of new roles within stepfamilies; and practical considerations related to family therapy, stepfamilies and schools, and stepparenting and the law.

 

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Contents

2 A Multidimensional CognitiveDevelopmental Model of Stepfamily Adjustment
15
3 Comparison of Implications of the Justice and Care Perspectives for Theories of Remarriage and Stepparenting
33
A Test of Lewis and Spaniers Hypothesis
51
5 Role Integration and Marital Adjustment in Stepfather Families
69
Changes over Time
87
Adjustment to New Family Roles
105
A Closer Look at Remarriage Following Divorce
127
A Construct Validity Study
151
Alternatives to Traditional Family Therapy
175
Research Theory Policy and Practice
199
A Nebulous Status and a Need for Reform
217
Reflections on Theory Research and Practice
239
References
251
Index
281
About the Contributors
289
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About the author (1995)

KAY PASLEY is Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has authored two books and numerous chapters on stepparenting, and her articles have appeared in journals such as Family Relations, the Journal of Adolescent Research, and the Journal of Marriage and the Family.

MARILYN IHINGER-TALLMAN is Professor and Chair of Sociology at Washington State University, Pullman. She has published two books and numerous articles on remarriage and stepparenting.

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