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What is a stepfamily?

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A stepfamily is a family in which one parent has children that are not related to the other parent. Sometimes, both parents have their own children from a previous marriage or relationship. Other times, only one parent already has children.

Stepfamilies can be complex because the children may live with one biological parent and visit their other biological parent, or live with each biological parent part of the time.

SOURCES: 

King, V. , 2006.  Journal of Marriage and Family

DeAngelis, T., , 2005. Monitor on Psychology

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 

National Stepfamily Resource Center: "Stepfamily Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on April 23, 2018

SOURCES: 

King, V. , 2006.  Journal of Marriage and Family

DeAngelis, T., , 2005. Monitor on Psychology

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 

National Stepfamily Resource Center: "Stepfamily Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on April 23, 2018

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