© 2004

Stepfamily Relationships

Development, Dynamics, and Interventions

  • We (Ganong and Coleman) have been

  • known for 25+ years as two of the foremost international experts on

  • This book will be more

  • comprehensive than existing books on stepfamilies. Consequently, it will

  • be THE resource for students and scholars.

  • Besides including cutting-edge ideas, our books are readable for undergraduate students and lay audiences. This book will appeal to diverse audiences, ranging from scholars, clinicians, and graduate students, to undergraduates and stepfamily members.

  • The 2004 book influenced authors of subsequent books on stepfamilies. This edition will be seen as the same type of definitive summary of what is known about stepfamilies.

  • There has not been a scholarly general book written about stepfamilies in over 5 years. This will be a timely publication.

  • The 2004 volume was favorably reviewed and has been widely cited.


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Lawrence H. Ganong, Marilyn Coleman
    Pages 1-23
  3. Lawrence H. Ganong, Marilyn Coleman
    Pages 25-38
  4. Lawrence H. Ganong, Marilyn Coleman
    Pages 39-57
  5. Lawrence H. Ganong, Marilyn Coleman
    Pages 59-74
  6. Lawrence H. Ganong, Marilyn Coleman
    Pages 75-97
  7. Lawrence H. Ganong, Marilyn Coleman
    Pages 99-107
  8. Lawrence H. Ganong, Marilyn Coleman
    Pages 109-144
  9. Lawrence H. Ganong, Marilyn Coleman
    Pages 145-157
  10. Lawrence H. Ganong, Marilyn Coleman
    Pages 159-169
  11. Lawrence H. Ganong, Marilyn Coleman
    Pages 171-187
  12. Lawrence H. Ganong, Marilyn Coleman
    Pages 189-226
  13. Lawrence H. Ganong, Marilyn Coleman
    Pages 227-235
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 237-270

About this book


Stepfamily Relationships: Development, Dynamics, and Interventions offers what has so far been missing in the field - a comprehensive, multidisciplinary text that provides a state-of-the-art look at this important facet of family study. This volume examines the variety of relationships within step-households as well as between households, focusing on internal family dynamics while maintaining a cultural and historical viewpoint. The diversity and complexity of families is emphasized throughout, including gay and lesbian stepfamilies, stepfamilies of varying racial and ethnic backgrounds, and stepfamilies across the life course. It will be a welcome text and reference for all those who study and work with stepfamilies and families in general.


Stepfamilies Remarriage Stepmothers Stepfathers Stepchildren Divorce Coparenting Remarriage Family structure diversity Cohabitation

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of MissouriColumbiaUSA

About the authors

Lawrence H. Ganong, Ph.D. is a professor of Nursing and Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Missouri (MU) Sinclair School of Nursing. A noted authority on post divorce families, Ganong's research has included intergenerational family obligations, post-divorce family dynamics and social cognitions related to family life. Ganong is a member of the National Council on Family Relations Board of Directors, and has conducted workshops for stepfamily members and for professionals working with stepfamilies. He is the co-editor of numerous articles, books, and book chapters on post-divorce family relationships and step families.

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

"Anyone who studies stepfamilies should read this book. It provides as comprehensive a review as possible of the explosion of research on stepfamilies in recent years, with 30 pages of references in very small type. … A rather interesting feature of the book is the attention given to clinical research on stepfamilies. … this book serves well as a source of reference for family scholars, a basic text for advanced undergraduate or graduate courses, and a stimulus for further research." (Elizabeth Thomson, European Journal of Population, Vol. 23, 2007)