9780761930235

Brave New Stepfamilies : Diverse Paths Toward Stepfamily Living

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  • ISBN13:

    9780761930235

  • ISBN10:

    076193023X

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-12-20
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc
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Summary

Brave New Stepfamilies maps the changing landscape of American stepfamilies, taking readers on a tour through the diverse assortment of traditional and not-so-traditional stepfamily forms that have emerged in recent years. Author Susan D. Stewart presents the latest scholarly research on stepfamilies in an accessible way, weaving together predominant theoretical perspectives, findings from research and national surveys, and interviews with stepfamily members.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Brave New StepfamiliesThe Evolution of an InstitutionThe Problem of Estimating the Prevalence of Stepfamilies
Summary
Understanding and Explaining Stepfamilies
Theoretical Developments in Stepfamily Research
Biosocial Perspective
Deficit-Comparison Approaches
Social Capital
Family Stress
Selection Perspective
Risk-and-Resiliency and Family Processes Perspectives
Family Systems, Definitions, and Boundaries
Incomplete Institutionalization
Stigma
Family Obligations
Culture Shock in Stepfamilies
The Stepfamiliy CycleComprehensive Models
Summary
Stepfamilies Created by Divorce and Remarriage
Stepfamiliy Roles and Relationships
Stepfamiliy Adjustment and Well-BeingOther Variables in the Study of the Stepfamily
Summary
Stepfamilies Created by Nonmarital Childbearing
Trends in Nonmarital Childbearing
Self-Perceptions of Stepfamilies Created by Nonmarital Childbearing
Relationships in Stepfamilies Created by Nonmarital Childbearing
The Well-Being of Stepfamilies Created by Nonmarital Childbearing
Summary
Cohabiting Stepfamilies
Trends in Cohabitation
The Meaning of Cohabitation to Stepfamily Living
Relationships in Cohabiting Stepfamilies
The Well-Being of Cohabiting Stepfamilies
The Well-Being of Children in Cohabiting Stepfamilies
Summary
Multihousehold Stepfamilies
The Tradition of the Household as the Unit of Analysis
Why Studying Stepfamily Households Doesn't Work
Conceptualizations of Stepfamilies That Extend Across Households
Nonresident Stepfamily Relationships
Summary
African American Stepfamilies
Family Patterns Among African Americans
Distinctive Features of African American Stepfamilies
Stigmatization of African American Stepfamilies
Relationships in African American Stepfamilies
The Well-Being of African American Stepfamilies
Summary
Stepfamilies With Gay or Lesbian Parents
Defining Stepfamilies With Gay or Lesbian Parents
Limitations of Previous Research
A Triple Stigmatized Group
Institutionalization of Stepfamilies With Gay or Lesbian Parents
Relationships in Stepfamilies With Gay or Lesbian Parents
The Well-Being of Stepfamilies With Gay or Lesbian Parents
Summary
Stepfamilies With Adult Stepchildren
The Rise of Stepfamilies With Adult Stepchildren
Relationships in Stepfamilies With Adult Stepchildren
The Well-Being of Later-Life Stepfamilies
Summary
New Stepfamilies in an Old World
Implications for Theory and ResearchImplications for Policy and Practice
Summary
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