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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 13 Stepfamilies The Incomplete Institution: • Stepparents still a third party • Limited rights and responsibilities when it comes to the children • While they do help out in the family context, they have no legal need to do so • Stepfamilies forced to create their own rules and shared meanings • Figure out what is your child going to call you; how are you going to discipline them; need to come to an understanding about how your family is going to function • Stepfamilies operate under different roles and norms o Roles : things you are responsible for doing within the family o Norms : society’s accepted rules for how we are supposed to behave in certain circumstances (socially acceptable way to do things) • Members pulled by other networks • Despite challenges, stepfamilies can be successful What is a Stepfamily? • Stepfamily- a household in which: 1. Two adults are married or cohabiting 2. At least one of the adults has a child present from a prior marriage or relationship • Cohabiting stepfamily vs. married stepfamily • Co- relationship with a partner from a previous relationship but you do not marry • Married- relationship with a partner from a previous relationship that you marry • Cohabitating stepfamily is more recent Doing the Work of Kinship: • Must consider not just who is present in the household but also who is investing time and effort into the stepfamily • Kinship means seeing each other regularly, corresponding with each other, and/or giving or receiving help (maintaining relationships) • Although easier between biological parents and children, it is not automatic between stepparents....
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This note was uploaded on 02/13/2012 for the course SOCL 2505 taught by Professor Mecom during the Fall '06 term at LSU.
- Fall '06