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traits associated with remarriage- complex structures
creation of new ruoes and relationships
fulfillment of different and unique tasks
redefining and renegotiating family boundaries
more stressful thatn nuclear families
mahor adjustments have to be made
sucessful integration takes years
there is a stepfamily cycle
important relationships may be cut off or end abruptly
lack of contact with father
may be continual transittion
adoption of permeable boundaries
stepfamilies vary greatly in terms of patterns of everyday life
unusual solutions may be required to contend with situations
members need to rid themselves of unrealistic expectations
cannot comply mirror the biological family
there is no shared family history
traditions from former families can be integrated witin the new family
new loyalties and conflicts
loyalities to new spouse- loyalties with biological children
roles are often ambiguous
persons do not know what to expect-predictions is temporarily lost
step family cycle- fantasy
everyone will love everyone
immersion
chaos and confusion
awareness
map terrirory of each member
mobilization
communicate and institute important changes
action
making larger moves to reorganize itself; joint decisions
contact
interaction becomes more natural
resolution
relationships feel comfortable
characteristics of sucessful step-families
THEY DEVELOP REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS
• THEY LET STEPCHILDREN MOURN LOSSES
• ADULTS FORM A STRONG COUPLE RELATIONSHIP
• THE STEPPARENTING ROLE PROCEEDS SLOWLY
• STEPFAMILIES DEVELOP THEIR OWN RITUALS AND TRADITIONS
• THEY WORK OUT SATISFACTORY ARRANGEMENTS BETWEEN THE CHILDREN’S HOUSEHOLDS