ERIC Number: ED381294
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Stepfamily Realities: How To Overcome Difficulties and Have a Happy Family.
Noting that the failure rate of second (and subsequent) marriages is higher than that for first-time marriages, this book addresses the major issues confronting members of stepfamilies. Drawing on case studies and experiences with a broad range of stepfamily situations, the book provides valuable insights and practical advice to help stepfamilies overcome inherent difficulties and blend successfully. The 19 chapters address the following topics: (1) an overview of stepfamily realities; (2) beginning to understand how stepfamilies work; (3) individual differences and the force of togetherness; (4) the force of separateness in stepfamilies and the search for self; (5) boundaries and personal space in stepfamilies; (6) individual habits, attitudes, values and rituals that come into stepfamilies; (7) emotions in stepfamilies; (8) spoken, unspoken, and hidden contracts; family rules; (9) jealousy in stepfamilies; (10) birth-order characteristics and sibling displacement; (11) discipline in stepfamilies; (12) balancing acts in stepfamilies; (13) the changed nature of relationships in stepfamilies; (14) the biological child in the stepfamily; (15) sexuality in stepfamilies; (16) money issues in stepfamilies; (17) assertive communication skills (parts 1 and 2); and (18) the reality that stepfamily life can match your dreams. A short resource list is included. (HTH)
Descriptors: Birth Order, Childhood Attitudes, Divorce, Family Characteristics, Family Environment, Family Life, Family (Sociological Unit), Jealousy, Marital Instability, Marital Satisfaction, Parent Child Relationship, Personal Space, Sexual Abuse, Sexuality, Siblings, Stepfamily
New Harbinger Publications, Inc., 5674 Shattuck Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609 (Hardcover: ISBN-879237-70-9; paperback: ISBN-879237-69-5, U.S.: $13.95; Canada: $20.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Books
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Community
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