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ERIC Number: ED358389
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 18
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Stressors Affecting Children of African-American Stepfamilies.
Smith, Roy
This paper reviews the literature related to stepfamilies in general, focusing on the stressors that affect the children of White, middle-class stepfamilies; the related consequences of the stressors; and strategies to cope with the impact of the stressors. Following this general review, the paper focuses on the identified stressors which affect children of African American stepfamilies, looking at the impact of "mundane extreme environmental stress" or, in the case of African American stepchildren, the impact of enduring racial prejudice on a daily basis as an added stress to the African American child in a stepfamily. It is suggested that stepfamily members set realistic expectations of themselves, that they take advantage of the opportunity to develop new relationships within the family, and that stepparents make an effort to understand their children's feelings and concerns. It is noted that the development of courteous relations with the ex-spouse facilitates the management of the sharing of children's time and results in fewer problems for all the parties involved, and that the participation in social support groups, which provides the opportunity to share frustrations, challenges, triumphs, and other feelings with persons who have been in similar situations, has proven to be an effective way of coping with many of the stresses involved in stepfamilies. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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