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New stepfamilies - a descriptive study of a largely unseen group

Smith, Marjorie (2003) New stepfamilies - a descriptive study of a largely unseen group. Child & Family Law Quarterly, 15 (2). pp. 185-198. ISSN 1358-8184

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Additional Information: a. Recently formed stepfamilies b. Normative theoretical approach utilizing investigator-led semi-structured interviews. Primarily descriptive quantitative analyses. c. Most in-depth studies of stepfamilies have either followed a ‘deficit model’ comparing stepfamilies with two parent families, or have adopted a problem focussed approach. This study is unusual in describing functioning in a representative group of ‘ordinary’ stepfamilies, and investigating variables associated with good outcomes for children. d. As a result of practitioner interest in this paper an invited keynote paper on this topic was presented at the Family Mediators’ Association annual conference in 2004.. e. Findings were based on data from a representative community sample of 184 stepfamilies that had been in existence for between one and three or four years. These families were identified by means of a large scale screening exercise conducted via schools in three different local education authorities. f. Two anonymous referees selected by the journal. g. Sole author
Controlled Keywords: Family support, Children at risk, Parenting
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Thomas Coram Research Unit
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 05 May 2010 11:33
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 11:28
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