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Stepparenting is a challenging, confusing, joyful, and growth promoting life long journey. It is also a vastly different experience in contrast to that of the intact biological family.My hope is that stepparents, stepchilden of all ages, single parents planning to remarry, and others seeking information will find ideas and suggestions in the blog and links will help and inspire them to map their unique stepparenting journey.Take care!
June 23, 2012 Note: Several early blog posts have been significantly revised.
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Experts say children with stepparents are more troubled
CHILDREN of divorced couples who live with a step-parent are at increased risk of mental health problems, a study has found.
Teenagers living with a stepfather or stepmother were more troubled than those who split their time between parents.
They reported more symptoms of mental health problems, such as depression and dishonesty, and more bullying at school.
Experts have previously suggested it was better for children from broken homes to have a step-parent, because it offers greater financial stability and another authority figure. However, children also face the stress of a ‘new family structure’, according to Norwegian researchers.
As you read this article ask yourself these two important questions:
1) If the adults were adequately prepared for the stepfamily journey would the children have fared better?
2) Are family therapists, social workers and other professionally have sufficient knowledge about stepfamily developmental processes, dynamics and interventions to help stepfamilies -- adults and children -- navigate the stepfamily journey?
PHOTO: Nathan Chang, Upsplash
We can no longer ignore the facts:
Children residing in stepfamilies face a higher risk of being the victims of violence in contrast to children who reside with their biological parents.
The following brief review of the professional research illustrates that stepchildren can be are at risk of horrific violence and even death. The articles also suggests the following:
- Pre-remarriage preparation programs for stepparents and single parents planning to remarry, and
- Training family service professional in appropriate stepfamily therapy techniques
These two options that may decrease the incidences of violence against stepchildren.