ERIC Number: ED346390
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
Stepfamilies with Adolescents: An Intervention Matrix Model for Middle School Counselors.
Caldwell, Susan Anne
This report examines the stepfamily phenomenon and how stepfamilies are treated. After the introductory first chapter the second chapter provides a clear definition of what constitutes a "stepfamily" and explores some of the demographics regarding stepfamilies. Next the report examines the major issues with which stepfamilies deal. How these issues distinguish them, though there are similarities, from "normal" nuclear, intact, biologic families is discussed. The third chapter examines the structural differences between stepfamilies and intact families. These issues include the biological parent living elsewhere, boundary issues, complex extended family structures, and stepfamily happiness. The fourth chapter explores the stepfamily issues which deal with emotional, or affective areas. The fifth chapter examines parenting in stepfamilies, including parenting arrangements, adolescence, custodial versus non-custodial parents, and guidelines for effective stepparenting. Finally the sixth chapter presents recommendations and suggestions to enable middle school counselors, or other professionals who work with stepfamilies, to provide the best educational information, most appropriate emotional support, and most useful guidance, to best meet the needs of the stepparents, the stepchildren, and the school personnel who interact with them. (ABL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master of Education Report, University of Texas at Austin.