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Date Created: 02/18/16
Stepfamilies COM 314 Definition: a family in which one or more parents have a child/ children from a previous marriage The residential parent is the biological parent that lives in the household The non residential parent is the biological parent that does not live in the household Statistics in the US o About 10 to 15% of households contain stepchildren o About 30 to 40% of children are raised with step families o 50% of couples will divorce Changes for the families overall: o New housing o New rituals o More conflict o Less quality time o Crisis o “becoming a family” Types of stepfamilies: o Bonded/ functional low levels of avoidance and high levels of involvement o Evasive/ conflictual high levels of avoidance and low levels of involvement o Ambivalent Above and Below averages for both. Trajectories of blending: o Accelerated very good from the start o Declining good to bad o Prolonged good but not for a long time o Stagnating never goes anywhere o Turbulent rollercoaster Roles: o The step parents and the step children have the most challenging and stressful relationship o Should stepparents be a friend or authoritative figure? Children want a friend but being an authoritative figure has better outcomes Positive stepparents and stepchildren relationship o There’s a degree of positive regard o And a degree of authority granted by the step children o A degree in communication about the relationship and its feelings o Affinity seeking strategies of the stepparent Residential parent vs. Nonresidential parent o The residential parent wants to guard and protect their children and general side with them over their new spouse o The residential and nonresidential parents may be reliving some trauma of the divorce o The nonresidential parent experiences less co parenting interaction and less support from the spouse, plus more negative feelings about the ex. Loyalty Conflicts: o Triangulation when a covert coalition unites 2 family members against a third one o The children are usually stuck in the middle o Linked triad when the step children receives secondhand information from a stepparent through the residential parent Uncertainty: o Old family o The stepparents o Step siblings o The extended step family Coparenting: o Conversations are brief and focused o Divorce settlements are contentious documents o Some think its something fixed o Others see it as a legal document
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