The Reconstituted Family: A Study of Remarried Couples and Their Children
This study of remarried men and women who have children from previous marriages arose out of personal interest and experience. Not every facet can be covered in any one study. I have tried to deal with what I consider to be the most important aspects of the reconstituted family. Some of the information came from people I interviewed; some came from insights I gained beyond the answers to my straightforward questions. Information also came from my own life experience and from informal observations. I have tried to put the information from these sources together in a coherent manner as to present a picture of how remarried people and their children constitute (or fail to constitute) a family.
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Family integration and demographic
The husbandwife relationship
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adult affect American family attitudes Catholic Cavan child children from former children living daughter difference divorced educational level ex-spouses ex-wife Excellent Total percent expected factor family integration father findings former marriages former spouses friends High Total husbands and wives HWRS ideal type indicate Interreligious Marriages kids Length of previous less indifference marital relationship mother never been married Note nuclear family number percent number older outsiders parents PCRS PCRS percent felt percent number percent percent number Poor present marriage Previous marital status previous marriage primary families primary group problems Protestants reconstituted family religion religious remarried couples role sample second marriage seemed self-ratings sets of children siblings social class society step stepchild stepchildren stepfathers stepmother stepparent-stepchild relationship stepparents stepson stituted family subjects TABLE things tion Total percent number traditional family unaffiliated upper middle class variables vorced widowed wife wife's women York younger