Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1998

Publication Source

Journal of Family Psychotherapy

Volume

9

Issue

3

Inclusive pages

69-77

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

Stepfamily adjustment is one of the most difficult tasks that

families can face. During this adjustment, stepfamilies are believed

to progress through several stages toward the integration of the two

biological families (Visher & Visher, 1996). This developmental

process can take from four to seven years (Papernow, 1993). There

are a number of reasons why stepfamily integration is prolonged

including attachment to the previous family and the lived history

between biological parents and children. A comprehensive review

of these reasons is beyond the scope of this paper, and the reader is

referred to othe

Keywords

Stepfamilies; family therapy; clinical intervention

Disciplines

Counseling | Psychology | Social Work | Sociology

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