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Department
Psychology
Course
PSY3123
Professor
Mary Theresa Howard
Semester
Winter

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Chapter 11The Second Time Around Blending FamiliesRemarriagea new trendDivorce rate and remarriages are increasingIn 2002 339 of marriages involved at least one partner who had been married beforeNumber of remarriages more than doubled from 19711996 but have since remained at about the same levelUntil end of WW2 most remarriages followed the death of a spouse Now they are likelier to follow divorceA widowed father typically married quicker than a widowed motherEstimated that a close to 75 of divorced or separated individuals will remarry or recoupleStepfamiliesfamilies where one or both parents are remarriedoA couple family in which at least one child is the biological or adopted child of only one married spouse or commonlaw partner and whose birth or adoption preceded the current relationshipBlended families in CanadaIn 2011 Census it counted stepfamilies for the first timeOf the 3M couples with children 874 were intact families comprised of two parents and their biological or adopted childrenand 126 were stepfamiliesIn 2011 74 of couples with children were simple stepfamilies An additional 52 of couples with children were complex stepfamiliesNearly 50 of samesex couples with children were stepfamiliesTypes of stepfamiliesSIMPLE STEPFAMILY 586a stepfamily in which all children are the biological or adopted children of one and only one married spouse or commonlaw partner and whose birth or adoption preceded the current relationshipCOMPLEX STEPFAMILY 414there are 3 typesoA couple family in which there is at least one child of both parents and at least one child of only one parentoA couple family in which there is at least on child of each parent and no children of both parentsoA couple family in which there is at least one child of both parents and at least one child of each parentStages of new family Formation Reconstituted families3 distinct stages in establishing a second marriageEntering the new relationshipAchieve an emotional divorce from their earlier unionNew couple must commit themselves to the new family with all its complicationsPlanning the new marriage and familyOpen and honest communication is importantAccept that difficulties will not be solved overnightMaintain or establish relationships with others outside the household Ex Relationships with the new spouse and his or her childrenChildren need to stay connected with the extended families of both exspousesForming the remarriage family
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