Blended Families and Stepfamilies
Did You Know?
- Seven-in-ten adults who have at least one step relative say they are very satisfied with their family life.1
- Within the United States, the divorce rate is relatively high, with 52-62% of all first marriages ending in legal divorce, with 75% of divorced persons remarrying2
- About 65% of remarriages involve children from previous relationships and form blended families 2
Consider the tips below to help you raise successful kids.
1. Pew Research Center. (2011). A portrait of stepfamilies. Retrieved from http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2011/01/13/a-portrait-of-stepfamilies/
2. Sobon, S. M. (2006). Characteristics of blended families: A review of three marriage enrichment programs. Unpublished manuscript. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University. Retrieved from http://www.thrivingcouplesthrivingkids.syr.edu/Pdfs/0SobonBlendedFamilie…
3. Sobon, S. M. (2006). Characteristics of blended families: A review of three marriage enrichment programs. Unpublished manuscript. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University. Retrieved from http://www.thrivingcouplesthrivingkids.syr.edu/Pdfs/0SobonBlendedFamilie…
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What the Research Says:
• Research suggests that the challenges of blended families include creating and maintaining a solid group identity as a family, achieving family harmony, and marital and parental role negotiation, in addition to areas of interest for all couples, such as communication skills, conflict, and stress management. 3