Stepfamilies: How a New Family Works

Stepfamilies: How a New Family Works

by Rachel Gaillard Smook, Rachel Gaillard Smook

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Children's Literature
Teens living in a stepfamily setting often feel they are different and their families are unusual. The first chapter in this addition to the "Teen Issues" series makes clear that this is not the case. The definition of stepfamily is broad and includes unmarried couples and gay or lesbian partners. The author interviewed several teens, and their stories and comments will keep the interest of those young people who might balk at reading a dry litany of facts. The challenges faced in forming a family are many, and the difficulties of adjustment to the personality differences as well as the differing methods of parenting and running a household are sometimes overwhelming. The book serves an admirable purpose by covering so many of the feelings teens may have, pointing out how often they are to be expected and how they can be worked through. The warning signs of serious problems, how to recognize them and how to find help with them are also covered. While much of the information may seem basic, this is a good book for teens in stepfamilies to read, and it would certainly be worthwhile for their parents to read it as well. 2001, Enslow, $17.95. Ages 11 up. Reviewer:Carolyn Mott Ford

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Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
Teen Issues Series
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.36(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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