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Stepfamilies : A Multi-Dimensional Perspective
Roni Berger
Routledge / Haworth Press / Softcover / 1998-09-01 / 0789002817
Couple & Family Studies
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Combining theoretical, empirical, and clinical knowledge, Stepfamilies: A Multi-Dimensional Perspective contains recent research and information that will help mental health practitioners, family therapists, psychologists, and counselors understand the characteristics, dynamics, needs, and issues of nonclinical stepfamilies. Based on direct experiences with diverse types of stepfamilies, this book gives you new guidelines and strategies that will enable you to offer more successful sessions to your clients and improve your effectiveness as a practitioner.

Developed to give you a more realistic understanding of stepfamilies, this text helps you avoid the stereotypes and false perceptions that often surround stepfamilies. Offering methods and strategies aimed at making your clients feel comfortable about themselves and their situations, Stepfamilies: A Multi-Dimensional Perspective examines several aspects of these families that you need to know in order to improve your effectiveness with them, including:

the definition and description of stepfamilies and recognizing historical and social changes in the stepfamily structure
critical reviews on the present knowledge of stepfamilies
describing the complexity of family structure, the ambiguity of boundaries and roles, and the struggle with the diverse phases of the life cycle
discussing key issues for stepfamilies, such as past orientation and acceptance/rejection of differences from non-stepfamilies and focal subsystems
the profile, characteristics, and case studies of an innovative typology of stepfamilies that includes integrated families, invented families, and imported families
aspects of ethnically and culturally different stepfamilies, including American stepfamilies, Israeli stepfamilies, and immigrant stepfamilies from the former Soviet Union
social perceptions and attitudes of stepfamilies in schools, social services, community organizations, the media, and with the law

Offering case studies and data on a variety of families and situations, Stepfamilies: A Multi-Dimensional Perspective will show you that all stepfamilies are not the same and cannot be helped by just one practice method. Complete with principles and instruments to assess patients and the success of sessions, Stepfamilies: A Multi-Dimensional Perspective works to promote an understanding of stepfamilies that will result in effective and positive therapy for your clients.


Contents Acknowledgments

Part I: The Nature and History of Stepfamilies

Introduction: The Changing Context of Stepfamilies

Chapter 1. Introduction: The Changing Context of Stepfamilies

Chapter 2. Stepfamilies: Who Are They?
What Is a Stepfamily? How Many Stepfamilies Are There?
A Short History of Stepfamilies
What Do We Know About Stepfamilies? A Critical Review of Empirical and Clinical Knowledge

Chapter 3. Characteristic Features of Stepfamilies
Structural Characteristics of Stepfamilies
Dynamic Characteristics of Stepfamilies
Developmental Characteristics of Stepfamilies

Chapter 4. Key Issues of Stepfamilies
Past Orientation: The Attitude of the Stepfamily Toward the Past
Acceptance/Rejection of Difference: The Self-Perception of the Family vis-à-vis Other Types of Families
The Dominant Substructure of the Family: The Focal Subsystem

Part II: Types of Stepfamilies--An Innovative Classification

Chapter 5. Integrated Families: Combining Then and Now Around the Couple
Profile of Integrated Stepfamilies
Combining Past and Present
Acknowledging Differences
Marital Focal Subsystem
Characteristics of the Integrated Nature of the Family
Typical Issues
Case Illustration: The Everest Family

Chapter 6. Invented Stepfamilies: The Time Is Now and the Family Is the Focus
Profile of Invented Stepfamilies
Discarding the Past: The TIme Is Now
Denial of Differences: We Are A Regular Family
A Parental Focal Subsystem
Main Issues: Invented Families--Whose Invention?
Case Illustration: The Fox Family

Chapter 7. Imported Stepfamilies: Living the “There and Then” in the “Here and Now”
Profile of Imported Stepfamilies
Reliving the Past in the Present
Denying Differences from Non-Stepfamilies
Marital Focal Subsystem
Case Illustration: The Duncan Family

Part Three: Stepfamilies and Culture

Chapter 8. Immigrant Stepfamilies
The Experience of Multiple Losses
Phases in the Immigration Process
Paths to Becoming an Immigrant Stepfamily
Combined Effects of Immigration and Stepfamily
Case Illustration: The Kovarsky Family
Black Stepfamilies
The History of the Black Stepfamily
A Black Communal-Oriented Philosophy
Permeability of Boundaries in Black Families
Informal Adoption Among Black Families
Role Flexibility of Black Families
Living with the Experience of Being Different
Case Illustration: The Wilson Family

Chapter 10. Gay and Lesbian Stepfamilies
Triple Stigmatization of Gay Stepfamilies
Typical Issues of Gay and Lesbian Stepfamilies
Case Illustration: The Roth-Johnston Family

Part Four: Helping Stepfamilies of Diverse Types--Implications for Practice

Chapter 11. Assessing Stepfamilies
Differential Evaluation of Normative Stepfamily Issues versus Dysfunctional Patterns
Differential Assessment of Diverse Types of Stepfamilies
Methods of Assessing Stepfamilies: Interviews, Genograms, and Standardized Instruments

Chapter 12. Partners and Focus: Choosing with Whom to Work on Which Issues
Deciding with Whom to Work
Deciding What to Work On

Chapter 13. Strategies and Techniques for Working with Stepfamilies
Normalizing the Stepfamily Experience
Providing Psychoeducation
Negotiating Flexibility and Promoting Creativity
Using Collaborative Conversational Approaches

Chapter 14. Changing Social Context: Working on Behalf of Stepfamilies
Developing a Step-Relationships Language
Challenging the Brady Bunch Stereotype: Developing Realistic Recognition of Stepfamilies, Their Uniqueness, and Diversity
Developing Specific Service...

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