Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamily Relationships What Works and What Doesn't

ISBN-10: 0415894387
ISBN-13: 9780415894388
Edition: 2013
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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 5/28/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamily Relationshipsdraws on current research, a wide variety of clinical modalities, and thirty years of clinical work with stepfamilies to show clinicians how to approach the special challenges stepfamilies face. The chapters present the concept of "stepfamily architecture," the five challenges it creates, and three different levels of strategies for meeting those challenges in dozens of different settings. The model is designed to be useful to a wide variety of practitioners, from a highly trained clinician who needs to know how and when to work on all three levels, to a school counselor who may need to work on the first two levels but refer out for level three. It will also be useful to educators, judges, mediators, lawyers and medical personnel who will practice on the first level, but need to understand the other two to guide their work.

The Families
Key to Genograms
List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Laying the Foundation
A Map for Stepfamilies
What Makes Stepfamilies Different?
The Five Challenges
The First Challenge: Insider/Outsider Positions Are Intense and Stuck
The Challenge
Easy Wrong Turns
Stories of Stepcouples Meeting Their Insider/Outsider Challenges
Best Practices: Key Strategies for Connecting across the Insider/Outsider Divide
Two Case Studies
Conclusion to Chapter 3
The Second Challenge: Children Struggle with Losses, Loyalty Binds, and Too Much Change
The Challenges for Children
What the Research Says about Children in Stepfamilies
Easy Wrong Turns
Stories of Stepfamilies Meeting Children's Challenges
Best Practices: Key Strategies for Supporting Stepchildren's Wellbeing
Two Case Studies
Conclusion to Chapter 4
The Third Challenge: Parenting Tasks Polarize the Adults
The Challenge
What the Research Says about Parenting in a Stepfamily
(Very) Easy Wrong Turns
Stories of Stepcouples Meeting the Parenting Challenge
Best Practices: Key Strategies for Building a Viable Parenting Coalition
Two Case Studies
Conclusion to Chapter 5
The Fourth Challenge: Creating a New Family Culture
The Challenge
Easy Wrong Turns
Stories of Honoring Differences and Creating Shared Ground
Best Practices: Key Strategies for Navigating Differences and Growing a New Stepfamily Culture
Case Study
Conclusion to Chapter 6
The Fifth Challenge: Ex-Spouses Are Part of the Family
The Challenge
What the Research Says about Conflict and Kids
What the Research Says about Co-Parenting Arrangements
Easy Wrong Turns
Stories of Stepfamilies Fostering Co-Parenting Relationships
Best Practices: Key Strategies for Negotiating Family Life across Households
Case Study
Conclusion to Chapter 7
Four "Diverse" Stepfamilies
Stepfamilies Headed by Lesbian and Gay Couples
African American Stepfamilies: Strengths We Can Learn From
The Challenges for Latino Stepfamilies
New Wrinkles: Later Life Cycle Stepfamilies
Stepfamilies Over Time
The Stepfamily Cycle: Normal Stages of Stepfamily Development
Early Stages: Getting Started or Getting Stuck
Middle Stages: Reorganizing Family Relationships
Later Stages: Mature Stepfamilies
Six Patterns of Becoming a Stepfamily
How Long Does It Take?
Two Easier Rides
Four Harder Rides
Kevin and Claire Move from Surviving to Thriving
Helping Stepfamilies Thrive
Level I: A Toolbox for Psychoeducation
Level II: A Toolbox for Interpersonal Skills
Level III: A Toolbox for Intrapsychic Work
Becoming a Stepfamily Is a Process, Not an Event
Working with Stepfamily Members Over Time: An Overview
Conclusion
Notes
References
Index

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