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Document Typology: Book
Methodology addressed by the publication:Parents pedagogy
Title of document: Stepfamily
Name of author(s): Dr. Peter Marshall
Name of publisher: Gwent Bibliotherapy
Language of the publication: English
Language of the review: English
This is a book for any adult who is, or is about to become part of a stepfamily. Dr Marshall takes the time to acknowledge how many forms stepfamilies can take, and just how complex the relationships and situations can be. He offers consistently sensible and practical advice on how to approach difficulties in family life. Written from his personal experience and around twenty years of research and clinical practice in psychology. This book provides a comprehensive and realistic account of many of the problems that can occur and how they can be overcome. Time is taken to look at the perspectives of children, parents, stepparents and grandparents. The book examines among other aspects of stepfamily life: practicalities such as custody/access and discipline; the different relationships that are brought about by a new union ("do we have to like each other?"); and explores how to reconcile different family routines and cultures.
Reviewer's comments on the document:
This book provides a comprehensive and realisitc account of many of the problems that can occur and how they can be overcome. History, Research, and Policy examines language use, laws, cultural stereotypes, media images, and social policies and practices to create an understanding of how predominant views about stepfamilies and stepfamily members are constructed within society. As the rates of divorce and remarriage continue to increase, it is more important than ever to overcome nuclear family ideology and abandon the model of research that compares stepfamilies with nonstepfamilies. This book shows you how honor and empowerment can be attained in new family structures and how alternative kin networks can be just as healthy as the traditional nuclear family unit.
As this book examines the ability of different societies to integrate different family forms into mainstream notions of “family,” you will realize the damaging effects of treating stepfamilies as incomplete, undesirable institutions. In fact, Stepfamilies: History, Research, and Policy will challenge your notions of family over and over again, as it discusses:key relationships in stepfamilies,stepfather involvement in parenting after remarriage,meaning of gender in a stepfamily differences in “investment” between biological and nonbiological parents ,demographic change and significant shifts in the social and cultural implications of stepfamilies,attempting to reconstruct a household like that of a previous marriage,the impact of stereotypes on the internal dynamics of stepfamilies and on the interactions of stepfamilies with outsiders,the absence of guidelines and cultural norms for role performance and problem solving in stepfamilies.It is very close to our discuss themes with trainers using parental pedagogy.
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