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Statistics show that children of blended families are a rapidly growing population in schools. Some demographers predict that as many as one-third of all children born in the 1980's may live with a stepparent before they are 18 (Kantrowitz & Wingert, 1990). School personnel have predominantly related to students' families under the assumption that all two-parent families were nuclear, intact, biological families. There is a need for schools to make adjustments to acknowledge the existence of the growing number of stepchildren and blended families in society (Crosbie-Burnett & Skyles, 1989). 1 Writers differ in their definition of blended families. A definition for blended families, according to Nichols and Schwartz (1991) is, "Separate families united by marriage; stepfamilies" (page 589). A stepchild is defined as a child whose biological parent has married someone other than the child's other biological parent.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Audrey L. Smith


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