Addressing the Challenges of Stepfamily Life

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This exploratory study sought to identify the major challenges of stepfamily life and the strategies that families use to address these challenges.

Parents, stepparents and older stepchildren from a community sample of 44 stepfamilies who had been together for at least five years participated in the study.

Measures of several aspects of family functioning indicated that most stepfamilies in the study were functioning well, although some were facing significant stressors that were negatively affecting family functioning.

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