Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Blended Family

  • Patricia L. PapernowEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_471

Name of Family Form

“Blended Family”

Synonyms

Stepfamily; “Remarried family”

Introduction

“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.

Description

Stepfamilies differ fundamentally from first-time families. In first-time families, children are born into an already-established adult...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Stepfamily EducationHudsonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Mudita Rastogi
    • 1
  1. 1.Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Argosy UniversitySchaumburgUSA