Stepfamilies in Therapy: Understanding Systems, Assessment, and Intervention / Edition 1

Stepfamilies in Therapy: Understanding Systems, Assessment, and Intervention / Edition 1

by Don Martin, Maggie Martin, Pat Jeffers
     
 

ISBN-10: 1555424538

ISBN-13: 9781555424534

Pub. Date: 11/03/1992

Publisher: Wiley

With high rates of divorce and remarriage in the United States, the stepfamily is becoming increasingly prevalent in American society. Yet human service professionals faced with helping stepfamilies have received little professional training on solving the unique problems of stepfamilies in therapy. Stepfamilies in Therapy fills the gap by offering the detailed…  See more details below

Overview

With high rates of divorce and remarriage in the United States, the stepfamily is becoming increasingly prevalent in American society. Yet human service professionals faced with helping stepfamilies have received little professional training on solving the unique problems of stepfamilies in therapy. Stepfamilies in Therapy fills the gap by offering the detailed insights therapists need to understand stepfamilies and to help them build a healthy and stable family life. This book provides comprehensive information and guidance for addressing the special needs and problems of stepfamilies in therapy. It examines the complex issues facing stepfamilies including grief over divorce, child custody and visitation disputes, unrealistic expectations of family life, and confusing relationships with extended family - and offers approaches for effective assessment and treatment. The authors explain, for instance, how to use special guidelines to help stepparents set necessary boundaries on relationships with ex-spouses - and how parenting agreements can empower marital couples to establish the rules about household chores, television use, and privacy needed to alleviate territorial battles at home. Numerous case examples show how, by helping stepfamilies work through unresolved emotional issues, therapists can enable them to build caring relationships and achieve stability.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555424534
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/03/1992
Series:
Social & Behavioral Science
Edition description:
1st
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 9.06(h) x 1.18(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
The Authors
Pt. 1Unique Structures, Systems, and Needs1
1Understanding Stepfamilies3
2Examining Stepfamily Systems27
3Identifying the Special Needs of Stepchildren48
Pt. 2Guidelines for Accurate Assessment and Effective Intervention73
4Unique Components of Stepfamily Assessment77
5Basic Intervention with Stepfamilies108
6Working with the Couple133
7Resolving Dilemmas with the Ex-Spouse171
8Supporting Stepmothers and Stepfathers191
9Helping Stepchildren and Their Families214
10Fostering Healthy Stepfamilies233
References253
Index263

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