Brave New Stepfamilies: Diverse Paths Toward Stepfamily Living / Edition 1

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761930235
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 12/12/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

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.
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Table of Contents

1. Brave New Stepfamilies
The Evolution of an Institution
The Problem of Estimating the Prevalence of Stepfamilies
2. 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
Family Obligations
Culture Shock in Stepfamilies
The Stepfamiliy Cycle
Comprehensive Models
3. Stepfamilies Created by Divorce and Remarriage
Stepfamiliy Roles and Relationships
Stepfamiliy Adjustment and Well-Being
Other Variables in the Study of the Stepfamily
4. 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
5. 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
6. 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
7. 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
8. 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
9. Stepfamilies With Adult Stepchildren
The Rise of Stepfamilies With Adult Stepchildren
Relationships in Stepfamilies With Adult Stepchildren
The Well-Being of Later-Life Stepfamilies
10. New Stepfamilies in an Old World
Implications for Theory and Research
Implications for Policy and Practice
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