chapter  3
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Discipline has been defined as “training that develops self-con­ trol, character, or orderliness and efficiency” (Webster’s, 1980). Here, the term is used to describe the manner in which family rules are enforced, and the style of leadership exerted by parents. Disci­ pline has been noted to be a major source of tension for stepfamilies (McGoldrick and Carter, 1988; Visher and Visher, 1988). Although this book is not meant to focus on problems, areas which may be problematic need to be addressed, and ways in which these chal­ lenges have been met by families who are functioning well can be instructive.