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Stepfamilies: History, Research, and Policy (Hardback)

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Stepfamilies: History, Research, and Policy examines language use, laws, cultural stereotypes, media images, and social policies and practices to create an understanding of how predominant views about stepfamilies and stepfamily members are constructed within society. As the rates of divorce and remarriage continue to increase, it is more important than ever to overcome nuclear family ideology and abandon the model of research that compares stepfamilies with nonstepfamilies. This book shows you how honor and empowerment can be attained in new family structures and how alternative kin networks can be just as healthy as the traditional nuclear family unit.As this book examines the ability of different societies to integrate different family forms into mainstream notions of "family," you will realize the damaging effects of treating stepfamilies as incomplete, undesirable institutions. In fact, Stepfamilies: History, Research, and Policy will challenge your notions of family over and over again, as it discusses:







key relationships in stepfamilies

stepfather involvement in parenting after remarriage

meaning of gender in a stepfamily

differences in "investment" between biological and nonbiological parents

demographic change and significant shifts in the social and cultural implications of stepfamilies

attempting to reconstruct a household like that of a previous marriage

the impact of stereotypes on the internal dynamics of stepfamilies and on the interactions of stepfamilies with outsiders

the absence of guidelines and cultural norms for role performance and problem solving in stepfamiliesStepfamilies: History, Research, and Policy discusses both the difficulties of forming new families and households as well as the factors that promote family cohesiveness and integration in stepfamilies. From stereotypes of stepmothers to ambiguous legal relationships to child maltreatment in stepfamilies to sibling relations, there isn't much that the penetrating lens of this book leaves uncovered.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social Sciences Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc Publication Date: 30/12/1997 ISBN-13: 9780789003379  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Irene Lela, PhD. is Asociate Professor in the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Oslo College in Oslo. Norway. She is the author of three books, Stepfamilies: Variation and manifold, Understand Everyday Life with a Symbolic lnteractionistic Perspective, and Relation. Marvin B Sussman, PhD, is UNIDEL Professor of Human Behavior Emeritus at the College of Human Resources at the University of Delaware. He is also a member of the CORE Faculty of the Union Graduate School of Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio. A member of many professional organizations, he received the 1980 Ernest W. Burgess Award of the National Council on Family Relations. In 1983. Dr. Sussman was elected to the prestigious Academy of Groves for scholarly contributions to the field, and, in 1984, he was awarded a lifelong membership for services to the Groves Conference on Marriage and the Family.

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