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    Brave New Stepfamilies Diverse Paths Toward Stepfamily Living

    ISBN-10: 076193023X
    ISBN-13: 9780761930235
    Author(s): William L. MacDonald, Susan D. Stewart
    Description: " Brave New Stepfamilies is an excellent treatise on today's families....This volume is a welcome addition to the field of family studies, and I highly recommend it." Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Columbia University "A thorough, balanced tour de  More...
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    Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 304
    Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
    Weight: 1.122
    Language: English

    " Brave New Stepfamilies is an excellent treatise on today's families....This volume is a welcome addition to the field of family studies, and I highly recommend it." Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Columbia University "A thorough, balanced tour de force!" Frances Goldscheider, University of Maryland Brave New Stepfamilies maps the changing landscape of American stepfamilies, taking readers on a tour through the diverse assortment of traditional and not-so-traditional stepfamily forms that have emerged in recent years. Author Susan D. Stewart presents the latest scholarly research on stepfamilies in an accessible way, weaving together predominant theoretical perspectives, findings from research and national surveys, and interviews with stepfamily members. Key Features: Investigates the social and demographic trends that have irrevocably altered stepfamily life: While most books on stepfamilies focus on divorce and remarriage, this book examines recent trends, such as couples having children and living together outside of marriage, parents sharing custody of children, gay marriage, the aging population, and increasing racial and ethnic diversity, that provide multiple pathways to stepfamily formation. Explores a wide range of living arrangements, caregiving, and intimacy scenarios: This book captures the lived experience of contemporary Americans. Extending across various household settings, this book pays special attention to multihousehold stepfamilies, stepparent adoption, stepfamilies with adult stepchildren, and African American stepfamilies. Provides practical information on the prevalence of stepfamilies in society: Counting the number of stepfamilies in society is difficult; published estimates are sometimes unreliable. This book describes the latest data sources, trends in data collection, and data limitations. In addition, useful information on the legal and practical realities of living as a stepfamily is provided. Intended Audience: This is an excellent text for a variety of advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on family, such as Divorce and Remarriage, Stepfamilies, Family Diversity, Gay and Lesbian Families, Aging and the Family, African American Families, and Family Policy, in departments of sociology, human development & family studies, psychology, African American or ethnic studies, and public policy.

    Dr. Susan Stewart is a family sociologist and demographer in the Department of Sociology at Iowa State University. Dr. Stewart's work involves analyzing national family surveys and documenting U.S. family patterns, family diversity, and family change. Her research on fertility, parenting, relationship dynamics, and child and adult well-being in non-traditional family forms, including stepfamilies, has appeared in Journal of Marriage and Family, Demography, Journal of Family Issues, Population Research and Policy Review, Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Family Planning Perspectives, and Social Biology. Dr. Stewart has extensive personal experience with stepfamily living; She has been part of a cohabiting stepfamily, a multi-household stepfamily, and is an adult stepchild.

    Preface
    Acknowledgments
    Brave New Stepfamilies
    The Evolution of an Institution
    The Problem of Estimating the Prevalence of Stepfamilies
    Summary
    Understanding and Explaining Stepfamilies
    Theoretical Developments in Stepfamily Research
    Biosocial Perspective
    Deficit-Comparison Approaches
    Social Capital
    Family Stress
    Selection Perspective
    Risk-and-Resiliency and Family Processes Perspectives
    Family Systems, Definitions, and Boundaries
    Incomplete Institutionalization
    Stigma
    Family Obligations
    Culture Shock in Stepfamilies
    The Stepfamiliy Cycle
    Comprehensive Models
    Summary
    Stepfamilies Created by Divorce and Remarriage
    Stepfamiliy Roles and Relationships
    Stepfamiliy Adjustment and Well-Being
    Other Variables in the Study of the Stepfamily
    Summary
    Stepfamilies Created by Nonmarital Childbearing
    Trends in Nonmarital Childbearing
    Self-Perceptions of Stepfamilies Created by Nonmarital Childbearing
    Relationships in Stepfamilies Created by Nonmarital Childbearing
    The Well-Being of Stepfamilies Created by Nonmarital Childbearing
    Summary
    Cohabiting Stepfamilies
    Trends in Cohabitation
    The Meaning of Cohabitation to Stepfamily Living
    Relationships in Cohabiting Stepfamilies
    The Well-Being of Cohabiting Stepfamilies
    The Well-Being of Children in Cohabiting Stepfamilies
    Summary
    Multihousehold Stepfamilies
    The Tradition of the Household as the Unit of Analysis
    Why Studying Stepfamily Households Doesn't Work
    Conceptualizations of Stepfamilies That Extend Across Households
    Nonresident Stepfamily Relationships
    Summary
    African American Stepfamilies
    Family Patterns Among African Americans
    Distinctive Features of African American Stepfamilies
    Stigmatization of African American Stepfamilies
    Relationships in African American Stepfamilies
    The Well-Being of African American Stepfamilies
    Summary
    Stepfamilies With Gay or Lesbian Parents
    Defining Stepfamilies With Gay or Lesbian Parents
    Limitations of Previous Research
    A Triple Stigmatized Group
    Institutionalization of Stepfamilies With Gay or Lesbian Parents
    Relationships in Stepfamilies With Gay or Lesbian Parents
    The Well-Being of Stepfamilies With Gay or Lesbian Parents
    Summary
    Stepfamilies With Adult Stepchildren
    The Rise of Stepfamilies With Adult Stepchildren
    Relationships in Stepfamilies With Adult Stepchildren
    The Well-Being of Later-Life Stepfamilies
    Summary
    New Stepfamilies in an Old World
    Implications for Theory and Research
    Implications for Policy and Practice
    Summary

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