After all the material that we reviewed this semester the topic that was most interesting to me wa

After all the material that we reviewed this semester the topic that was most interesting to me wa

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Rachel Carlson HDFS 412 Final Paper After all the material that we reviewed this semester the topic that was most interesting to me was the step families. From all the articles I came across all the research findings stated that approximately
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one third of all children will experience a stepfamily before the age of 18. From personal experience I went from having a small family to after my parents divorcing and remarrying to having a very large stepfamily. In some situations people feel the more family members the happier everyone is but that isn’t always the case. I will be discussing communication and I also wanted to discuss stepfathers. It always seems the focus tends to be on the stepmother but I was curious to see what is really going on with the stepfather’s part. The most important thing a couple should take into consideration when they want to remarry and combine their families is their communication. The first article I found was title “Couple Communication in Stepfamilies” by Kim Halford. I feel that if a couple cannot find a way to work out differences between themselves in a decent manner that it will affect their relationships with the children as well. They predicted that partners in stepfamily couples would show more negative communication and more withdrawal than partners in first-time-marrying couples. Some interesting points in this study were that it was noted that stepfamilies used more negative when they were in discussion and withdrew from interaction more that first time couples. The step families seemed to be overall just more apart from the other members than the first time couples. I feel that this isn’t a surprise to me because maybe because they were both in a relationship before they do not feel as if they have to try as hard or know what they did that caused a fight or argument in their previous marriage.
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