This volume offers a thorough examination of why some remarriages and stepfamilies function well, while others do not. After a brief historical and clinical overview, the authors discuss factors and issues that either contribute to, or hinder, good relationships. Topics explored include: the various relationship combinations found in stepfamilies; child abuse in stepfamilies; extended family relations; and clinical perspectives that provide insight into both well-functioning and dysfunctional stepfamilies.
About the Author
Lawrence H. Ganong, Ph D, is a professor and co-chair of Human Development and Family Science and Professor of Nursing at the University of Missouri (United States). He has co-authored over 220 journal articles and book chapters as well as nine books. He and Marilyn Coleman recently finished a book that focuses on stepfamily relationships. His primary research program has focused on what post-divorce families, especially stepfamilies, do to develop satisfying and effective relationships. He is a fellow in the National Council on Family Relations and the MU Center for Family Policy and Research.
Marilyn Coleman, Ed D, is a curators’ distinguished professor emerita of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Missouri (United States). She is also an affiliate faculty member with women’s and gender studies at the University of Missouri and a fellow in the MU Center for Excellence on Aging and the MU Center for Family Policy and Research. She is a fellow in the National Council on Family Relations. She has conducted research on stepfamilies for more than 35 years. Her recent work with Lawrence H. Ganong has focused on (a) intergenerational family responsibilities following divorce and remarriage and (b) the development, maintenance, and dissolution of steprelationships over time. He and Ganong have co-authored over 220 articles and book chapters as well as nine books. She was the second female editor of the leading family journal in the world, Journal of Marriage and Family, from 1992 to 1996, and has been either an associate editor or on the Editorial Board of six additional journals.
Table of Contents
The Context of Remarried FamiliesPaths to Remarried Family LifeRemarriage RelationshipsStepparent-Stepchild RelationshipsOther Stepfamily RelationshipsClinical and Developmental PerspectivesEpilogue The Study of Remarried Families in the 1990s