ERIC Number: ED194836
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Yours, Mine & Ours: Tips for Stepparents.
Duffin, Sharyn R.
This brochure, a presentation of observations made by stepparents about their experiences, is designed to help new and future stepfamilies look realistically at problems which may confront them. Steps to take before remarriage which may ease the transition into the new family are suggested: (1) examining motives for marrying; (2) accommodating differences; (3) getting acquainted with the children; and (4) examining finances. Problems which many stepfamilies have encountered are presented with suggested ways families deal with them. Special problems of children in a stepfamily situation are discussed, e.g., coping with changes, over-attachment to the single parent, child with a deceased parent, and the child of divorce. Some challenges faced by parents include comparisons of the stepparent to the absent parent, questions of authority, supports for the stepparent, manipulative behaviors, stepsiblings, and communication problems. A final section identifies resource agencies and a reading list. (NRB)
Descriptors: Adjustment (to Environment), Childhood Needs, Communication (Thought Transfer), Coping, Divorce, Emotional Response, Family Problems, Family (Sociological Unit), Financial Problems, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Role, Resource Materials
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402 (Stock No. 017-024-00833-8)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD. Div. of Scientific and Public Information.
Authoring Institution: Public Health Service (DHEW), Rockville, MD.