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Stepfamilies : History, Research, and Policy - Marvin B. Sussman


History, Research, and Policy

Hardcover Published: 1st January 1997
ISBN: 9780789003379
Number Of Pages: 328

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Stepfamilies: History, Research, and Policy examines language use, laws, cultural stereotypes, media images, and social policies and practices to create an understanding of how predominant views about stepfamilies and stepfamily members are constructed within society. As the rates of divorce and remarriage continue to increase, it is more important than ever to overcome nuclear family ideology and abandon the model of research that compares stepfamilies with nonstepfamilies. This book shows you how honor and empowerment can be attained in new family structures and how alternative kin networks can be just as healthy as the traditional nuclear family unit.As this book examines the ability of different societies to integrate different family forms into mainstream notions of "family," you will realize the damaging effects of treating stepfamilies as incomplete, undesirable institutions. In fact, Stepfamilies: History, Research, and Policy will challenge your notions of family over and over again, as it discusses: key relationships in stepfamilies stepfather involvement in parenting after remarriage meaning of gender in a stepfamily differences in "investment" between biological and nonbiological parents demographic change and significant shifts in the social and cultural implications of stepfamilies attempting to reconstruct a household like that of a previous marriage the impact of stereotypes on the internal dynamics of stepfamilies and on the interactions of stepfamilies with outsiders the absence of guidelines and cultural norms for role performance and problem solving in stepfamiliesStepfamilies: History, Research, and Policy discusses both the difficulties of forming new families and households as well as the factors that promote family cohesiveness and integration in stepfamilies. From stereotypes of stepmothers to ambiguous legal relationships to child maltreatment in stepfamilies to sibling relations, there isna (TM)t much that the penetrating lens of this book leaves uncovered.

Introductionp. 1
Stepfamilies from a Historical Perspectivep. 5
Stepfamilies in 1984 and Today--A Scholarly Perspectivep. 19
Confronting Nuclear Family Bias in Stepfamily Researchp. 41
Step-Family Variationsp. 71
How Society Views Stepfamiliesp. 85
Stepfamilies from the Stepfamily's Perspectivep. 107
Stepfamily as Projectp. 123
Stepfamilies from the Child's Perspective: From Stepfamily to Close Relationshipsp. 135
Stepfamilies from Siblings' Perspectivesp. 153
The Stepparent Role from a Gender Perspectivep. 177
Stepfamily Therapy from the Client's Perspectivep. 191
Current Knowledge About Child Abuse in Stepfamiliesp. 215
Stepfamilies from a Legal Perspectivep. 231
Stepfamilies from a Policy Perspective: Guidance from the Empirical Literaturep. 249
Stepfamily Policy from the Perspective of a Stepfamily Organisationp. 265
Family Life Education Programs for Stepfamiliesp. 281
Step- and Foster Families: A Comparisonp. 301
Indexp. 317
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ISBN: 9780789003379
ISBN-10: 0789003376
Series: Marriage & Family Review Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 1st January 1997
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 16.0  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.7
Edition Number: 1