Stepfamily Relationships

Development, Dynamics, and Interventions

  • Lawrence Ganong
  • Marilyn Coleman

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Lawrence Ganong, Marilyn Coleman
    Pages 1-19
  3. Lawrence Ganong, Marilyn Coleman
    Pages 21-36
  4. Lawrence Ganong, Marilyn Coleman
    Pages 37-60
  5. Lawrence Ganong, Marilyn Coleman
    Pages 61-83
  6. Lawrence Ganong, Marilyn Coleman
    Pages 85-110
  7. Lawrence Ganong, Marilyn Coleman
    Pages 111-124
  8. Lawrence Ganong, Marilyn Coleman
    Pages 125-142
  9. Lawrence Ganong, Marilyn Coleman
    Pages 143-173
  10. Lawrence Ganong, Marilyn Coleman
    Pages 175-189
  11. Lawrence Ganong, Marilyn Coleman
    Pages 191-204
  12. Lawrence Ganong, Marilyn Coleman
    Pages 205-230
  13. Lawrence Ganong, Marilyn Coleman
    Pages 231-258
  14. Lawrence Ganong, Marilyn Coleman
    Pages 259-285
  15. Lawrence Ganong, Marilyn Coleman
    Pages 287-292
  16. Back Matter
    Pages 293-343

About this book

Introduction

This second edition synthesizes the emerging knowledge base on the diversity of stepfamilies, their inherent concerns, and why so relatively little is still known about them. Its extensive findings shed needed light on family arrangements relatively new to the literature (e.g., cohabitating stepparents), the effects of these relationships on different family members (e.g., stepsiblings, stepgrandparents), the experiences of gay and lesbian stepfamilies, and the stigma against non-nuclear families. Coverage reviews effective therapeutic and counseling interventions for emotional, familial, and social challenges of stepfamilies, as well as the merits of family education and self-help programs. The authors explore prevailing myths about marriage, divorce, and stepfamily life while expanding the limits of stepfamily research.

Among the topics included:

• The cultural context of stepfamilies.
• Couple dynamics in stepfamilies.
• Gay and lesbian couples in stepfamilies.   
• The dynamics of stepparenting.   
• Siblings, half-siblings, and stepsiblings.    
• Effects of stepfamily living on children.
• Clinical perspectives on stepfamily dynamics.

For researchers and clinicians who work with families, it enriches the literature as it offers insights and guidelines for effective practice as well as possible avenues for future research.

Keywords

Remarriage Stepfamilies Stepmothers Stepfathers Stepchildren Divorce Cohabitation Coparenting Remarriage Family structure diversity Stepfamily relationships

Authors and affiliations

  • Lawrence Ganong
    • 1
  • Marilyn Coleman
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Missouri ColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.University of MissouriColumbiaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-7702-1
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-7700-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-7702-1
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