Blended Families

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Behind each policy debate over welfare reform, AIDS funding, and hate crime laws are the people struggling with poverty, illness, and discrimination. While the experts cite statistics and employ rhetoric about drug abuse, Crime, and child abuse, individuals confront the horrors of addiction and the trauma of victimization.

Greenhaven Press's Social Issues Firsthand series illuminates the often-neglected human side of society's pressing problems. Each anthology presents a ...

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Overview

Behind each policy debate over welfare reform, AIDS funding, and hate crime laws are the people struggling with poverty, illness, and discrimination. While the experts cite statistics and employ rhetoric about drug abuse, Crime, and child abuse, individuals confront the horrors of addiction and the trauma of victimization.

Greenhaven Press's Social Issues Firsthand series illuminates the often-neglected human side of society's pressing problems. Each anthology presents a collection of personal narratives on a featured social issue. Contributors include those who have had personal experience with the topic under discussion-either as a participant, a witness, or an involved professional. For example, Terrorism includes the perspectives of terrorists, victims, families of victims, and emergency workers. Additional features include an introduction that provides each book with essential context, an annotated table of contents, and a thorough index. Each book in the Social Issues Firsthand series will provide readers with a personal context for the most pressing topics of today's political discussions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737745597
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 7/3/2009
  • Series: Social Issues Firsthand Series
  • Pages: 104
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 9

Introduction 12

Chapter 1 Growing Up in a Blended Family

1 A Stepbrother Becomes a Brother Lyssa Friedman 17

2 Another Mother's Love Heidi Bernadette Mack 21

3 I Was Stressed by the Fights of My Blended Family Kathryn Esplin 24

4 My Father's Mysterious New Life Michelle Lupton 31

5 The Man I Call "Dad" Is the Man Who Raised Me Marc Lynott 36

6 My Real Father Is Not My Dad Sarah Ivens 41

Chapter 2 Parenting in Blended Families

1 Most Families Do Not Blend Ron Deal interviewed by Duane Careb Jim Mueller 49

2 The Real Lives of Blended Families Do Not Follow TV Scripts Jennifer Busse McClenon 55

3 Bringing Together Parents and Stepparents Lisa Cohn 59

4 A Different Kind of Mother's Day Dawn Miller 64

5 Stepfamilies Are Normal Families Laurie McGough Hanson 67

Chapter 3 Toward a New Understanding of Family

1 Leaving Behind Traditional Views of Belonging Natasha Sky 73

2 Growing Up in a Group Marriage Laird Harrison 77

3 Divorce Does Not Have to Be the End of Family Constance Ahrons 81

4 Blending Families and Faiths Barbara Miksch 86

5 A Marriage Blending Family and Race Bill Grady 90

Organizations to Contact 94

For Further Research 97

Index 101

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