A recent study in America showed 40 percent of married couples with children are stepcouples. A stepcouple, according to Ron L. Deal in his book The Smart Step Family and founder of Smart Stepfamilies, refers to couples in which one or both of them had a child from a previous relationship before they married. Stepfamilies are part of the norm in our culture, comprising a huge people group that must be considered part of mainstream American life. The common term for stepfamlies has shifted to blended family. Blended families and cohabitating stepcouples make up 87 percent of cohabitating couples with children in America.
In 1998 James Brap published research on the first ten-year longitudinal study of stepfamilies in America. His research revealed that a loving, well-functioning stepfamily over time can negate many of the detrimental psychological impacts of divorce on children. Brap's research also shows the benefits to children from healthy stepfamilies carry over to their adult years and positively impact their marital choices. It appears they have a lower divorce rate (compared to other children of divorce), and the quality of their own marriages closely mirrors the stepfamily's healthy marriage than the poor-quality marriage that ended in divorce.
As we can see, it's important to build a healthy blended family and strong stepcouple relationships. In this section, you'll find helpful links to articles, books, and support groups to help you build a strong healthy stepfamily.
Build a Strong and Healthy Stepfamily!
In this eight-week Smart Stepfamily course, you'll explore the seven fundamental steps to blended family success. Discover practical, realistic solutions to the issues you face in a stepfamily. This course is based on the book, The Smart Stepfamily by Ron L. Deal, marriage and family author, speaker, and therapist
This five-week study group will:
Build a Strong Healthy Stepfamily.
The Smart Stepfamily reveals the seven fundamental steps to blended family succes and provides practical realistic, solutions to the issues you face as a stepfamily. You'll discover how to communicate effectively and solve the everday puzzels of stepchildren relationships.
Stepfathers are often left to travel a difficult road without clear directions. Ron Deal offers advice for men navigating the stepfamily minefield, including how to connect with stepchildren, being a godly rolemodel, how to dicipline, dealing with biological dad, and keeping the bond strong with one's new spouse.