1 Studying Stepfamilies.- 2 The Cultural Context of Stepfamilies.- 3 Paths to Stepfamily Life.- 4 Courtship in Stepfamilies.- 5 Couple Dynamics in Stepfamilies.- 6 Gay and Lesbian Cohabiting Couples in Stepfamilies.- 7 The Dynamics of Parenting and Stepparenting.- 8 Effects of Stepfamily Living on Children.- 9 Siblings, Half-Siblings, and Stepsiblings.- 10 Grandparents and Stepgrandparents.- 11 Clinical Perspectives on Stepfamily Dynamics.- 12 Epilogue.- References.
This volume focuses on a wide range of behaviors and outcomes in stepfamily relationships, both positive and negative. The authors use the normative-adaptive perspective to seek out and study adaptive, well-functioning stepfamilies and find how they differ from those who struggle to cope. It will be a welcome text and reference for all those who study and work with stepfamilies and families in general.
- We (Ganong and Coleman) have been
known for 25+ years as two of the foremost international experts on
- This book will be more
comprehensive than existing books on stepfamilies. Consequently, it will
be THE resource for students and scholars.
- Besides including cutting-edge
ideas, our books are readable for undergraduate students and lay
audiences. This book will appeal to
diverse audiences, ranging from scholars, clinicians, and graduate
students, to undergraduates and stepfamily members.
- The 2004 book influenced authors
of subsequent books on stepfamilies.
This edition will be seen as the same type of definitive summary of
what is known about stepfamilies.
- There has not been a scholarly
general book written about stepfamilies in over 5 years. This will be a timely publication.
- The 2004 volume was favorably
reviewed and has been widely cited.