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Traditionally the Nuclear family has provided the primary socializing, learning, and nurturing functions to individuals. With an increase of casual mating and divorce habits, increases in fatal accidents, suicides, parental abandonment, and women opting to stay single while bearing children, another form of family is gaining prevalence--the Stepfamily (Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, 1977). In 1979 there were 1,181,000 divorces in the U.S. (Bureau of Census, 1981). Visher and Visher (1982) report that 80% of the men and 75% of the women who divorce remarry. Each year in the United States one-half million adults become stepparents of one or more children (Visher & Visher, 1978). There are approximately 1300 stepfamilies formed daily and one out of three children will see a parent remarry (Visher & Visher, 1982). If in the United States this present trend prevails, by 1990 Stepfamilies will out-number biological families (Bustanoby, 1982).

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Master of Arts


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Audrey L. Smith


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