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Abstract

As of 1985, over 15 million children in the United States were members of a stepfamily. Each year one million more children are expected to become a part of a stepfamily. With one of two marriages ending in divorce, it is likely the statistics will rise (Martin & Martin, 1985). According to Winch (1971), "A stepfamily is a domestic family in which one or both parents have children from a previous union living most of the time in the same household" (p. 10). A stepfamily may have the appearance of a traditional family but they do not function in the same manner. The stages in the life cycle of stepfamilies differ dramatically from biological families. Stresses found in the natural family occur in an exaggerated form in the stepfamily. At the same time the stepfamily also encounters stresses that are not common to more traditional families.

Year of Submission

1988

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

First Advisor

Robert T. Lembke

Date Original

1988

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1 PDF file (19 leaves)

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