Stepfamilies: An Overview
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Stepfamilies: An Overview book
What is the nature and extent of the impact of living within stepfamilies on children and their parents? Two powerful lessons are evident from the research described in this volume. First, the variability in the relationships between step parents and children, and in the effects of growing up in a stepfamily on children, is striking (Amato, Hetherington, Kurdek, White, Seltzer, this volume), as is the variability in the relations between the parents themselves (Popenoe, Thomson, Brooks-Gunn, this volume). Second, although large-scale studies consistently find that children in stepfamilies do have a higher probability of behavioral and health problems, poorer educational achievement (Hetherington & Jodi, Zill, this volume), and tend to leave home earlier and with less support (White, this volume; see also Cherlin et al., 1991; Kieman, 1992), the effect size of many of such differences is small.