Stepparenting and Mental Health

  • Peteke Feijten
  • Paul Boyle
  • Zhiqiang Feng
  • Vernon Gayle
  • Elspeth Graham
Part of the Understanding Population Trends and Processes book series (UPTA, volume 1)

Demographic changes in the Western world over the last few decades, such as later marriages, lower fertility, increasing divorce rates and rising rates of cohabitation, have brought about significant changes in household formation and composition. One outcome is a growing number of stepfamilies, where a parent, whether never married, separated, widowed or divorced, forms a new marriage or partnership. Nowadays, most stepfamilies result from divorce, while in the past they were more likely to result from widowhood.


Mental Health Behavioural Problem Poor Mental Health Family Type Marital Quality 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peteke Feijten
    • 1
  • Paul Boyle
    • 1
  • Zhiqiang Feng
    • 1
  • Vernon Gayle
    • 1
  • Elspeth Graham
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Geography and GeosciencesUniversity of St AndrewsKY16 9ALUK

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