Effects of Stepfamily Living on Children
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The single most widely studied issue involving stepfamilies has been the effect on stepchildren of living in a stepparent household (Coleman et al., 2000). Some researchers frame this issue as the effects of parental remarriage on children or the effects of having a stepparent on stepchildren. Sometimes researchers examine how specific phenomena in the step-household, such as parental conflict, are related to children’s outcomes. We will refer to research in this area as studies of the effects of stepfamily living. Interest in stepchildren’s well-being is global—in recent years there have been studies conducted on this subject in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Israel, and New Zealand.
KeywordsSexual Abuse Child Abuse Parenting Style Marital Conflict African American Child
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