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Family Life Education Programs for Stepfamilies

WithRobert Hughes, Jennifer D. Schroeder

Stepfamilies are an increasingly common family form in American society. The latest census data provide a portrait of the growing number of stepfamilies. In 1980 there were 3.9 million married couple households containing at least one stepchild under 18 in the United States. By 1990, that figure had risen to 5.3 million and this population comprises 20.8 percent of all married couple family households with children in the United States (U.S. Bureau of the Census, Current Population Reports, 1992). Population experts project that the number of stepfamilies will increase through the remainder of this decade (Glick, 1989).