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ERIC Number: ED233276
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Stepping In.
Kupisch, Susan J.
A family in which at least one adult has a child prior to the couple's marriage is termed a stepfamily. Although approximately 50 million Americans are members of stepfamilies, there is little research on the nature of stepfamily life. Most authors have projected the stepfamily as a deviant family form, beset with problems and conflict, and less able to provide the appropriate child rearing environment. Reports from stepparents reflect perceptions of being religiously unsanctioned, legally powerless, and socially denied. However, the stepfamily may be viewed as part of a natural evolution of family life, a reorganization of disrupted family units to accomodate the emotional needs of existing members. While differing in structure from the nuclear family, stepfamilies need not differ along critical dimensions related to healthy family functioning. The necessary tasks in stabilizing the family unit involve establishing appropriate role models, redefining financial and social obligations, establishing consistent leadership for children across households, making custody and visitation arrangements, dispelling myths, and maintaining emotional bonds. (Author/WAS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Note: Paper presented as part of the symposium "Disrupted and Reorganized Families" at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (29th, Atlanta, GA, March 23-26, 1983).