What is a Stepfamily?
A stepfamily is any spousal
union where at least one of the partners has a child, or children from a
- The family of the new
millennium is a stepfamily. There are now more stepfamilies than
"original" or nuclear families.
- Fifty percent of all
children under the age of 13 currently live in some form of a stepfamily.
- Approximately two thirds of
all stepfamilies fail.
- Thirty percent of all stepfamilies fail
within the first two years. Fifty percent fail within the first six years.2
- Children are seriously
impacted by family breakdown. Many experience persisting academic,
social, emotional, financial, and relationship difficulties as a direct
result of family breakdown.
- Traditional family therapy
only helps about 30% of stepfamilies on the verge of breakdown.
The Good News:1
- Most of the problems
stepfamilies experience are rooted in the stepfamily situation,
not in the people involved.
- When stepfamilies in
difficulty are provided with information and guidance in addressing issues
specific to the stepfamily situation, over 80% of them3 can go on to
become stable, loving and healthy family environments.
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High Cost of Divorce.
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