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Stepping In, Stepping Out: Creating Stepfamily Rhythm

Stepping In, Stepping Out: Creating Stepfamily Rhythm

Joshua M. Gold

ISBN: 978-1-119-25584-0 February 2016 160 Pages


This much-needed resource offers insight into building and maintaining satisfying and successful stepfamily relationships. As the number of stepfamilies continues to increase, counselors and other mental health professionals are likely to encounter clients seeking help in navigating these often complicated relationships.

In this book, Dr. Gold emphasizes the principles and practices of narrative therapy as a means to address key concerns within the family system, reauthor dominant social myths surrounding stepfamily life, and create realistic treatment plans that are inclusive of all members of the family. Detailing the inherent strengths and challenges of the stepfamily experience, he provides an in-depth examination of the roles of each member in a blended family, including stepfathers and stepmothers, ex-spouses, grandparents, and children. This book is an excellent guide to thoughtful, practical, and empirically validated interventions for helping stepfamilies thrive.

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Preface v

About the Author xiii

Acknowledgments xv

Chapter 1 Introduction: What We Know About Stepfamilies 1

Chapter 2 Developmental Schemas of Stepfamilies 13

Chapter 3 Marital Issues in Stepfamilies 25

Chapter 4 Stepparenting 37

Chapter 5 Stepfather Families 51

Chapter 6 Stepmother Families 63

Chapter 7 Mutual-Child Stepfamilies 75

Chapter 8 Extended Stepfamily Constellations: Relationships With Ex-Spouses 87

Chapter 9 Extended Stepfamily Constellations: Relationships With Stepgrandparents 101

Chapter 10 Future Directions in the Study of Stepfamilies 115

References 121

Index 131