ERIC Number: ED402532
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Understanding Stepfamilies: Implications for Assessment and Treatment. Family Psychology and Counseling Series.
Huntley, Debra K., Ed.; Carlson, Jon, Ed.
It is estimated that between 33% and 40% of all United States children will live with a stepfamily. Due to the complexity, ambiguous roles, negative perceptions, and unrealistic expectations of many stepfamilies, members of such families are increasingly being seen by mental health professionals. This monograph is aimed at professionals to help them understand stepfamilies by providing practical and applied information. Some of the areas covered here include the developmental stages of the stepfamily, types of stepfamilies, specific assessment techniques for stepfamilies, and treatment considerations. Part 1 provides the groundwork for recognizing some of the characteristics of stepfamilies, including clinical issues, pitfalls, and systemic intervention. In Part 2, children and adolescents are examined, along with the risks encountered by children in a stepfamily. Part 3 outlines the beliefs and expectations of stepfamilies, taking care to analyze stereotypes of stepfamilies, new assessment techniques designed to assess maladaptive cognitions of stepfamily members, and the role of self-fulfilling prophecies in stepfamily success or failure. Each chapter offers a complete discussion of the nature of stepfamilies, along with practical suggestions for assessment and treatment of these families. Individual chapters contain references. (RJM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Attitudes, Children, Counseling, Counseling Techniques, Counselor Role, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Attitudes, Family Counseling, Family Relationship, Family (Sociological Unit), Family Structure, Stepfamily
American Counseling Association, 5999 Stevenson Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304-3300 (ACA Order #72590, $17.95).
Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Counseling Association, Alexandria, VA.