Name of Family Form
Stepfamily; “Remarried family”
“Blended family” is a commonly used term for stepfamily. Although the phrase captures the human longing for closeness and oneness, it is misleading. Becoming a stepfamily proves to be less like blending a smoothie and more like asking a group of Japanese and a group of Italians to live intimately together. “Remarried family” is often used interchangeably with “stepfamily.” However, many stepcouple marriages are a first marriage for one or both adults. Forty-two percent of Americans have a close step relationship (Pew Research Center 2011), making it critically important that all clinicians develop a solid understanding of stepfamily dynamics, the challenges they create, and evidence-based, evidence-informed strategies for meeting those challenges.
Stepfamilies differ fundamentally from first-time families. In first-time families, children are born into an already-established adult...
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