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step-parent

A caregiver of a child who assumed the parental role through marriage to one of the child's original (usually biological) parents. Most commonly, a step-parent is the second spouse of one of the child's biological parents. Through my marriage to Kent, I became a step-parent to his three beautiful daughters.
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Factor 2 includes 4 items that reflect the stepparent's feeling worn out or overloaded due to having to perform different roles or to give priority to the demands or needs of other individuals.
Go to local-team games with a new sibling or stepparent. If someone is into crafts or knitting, work on a project together.
Stepparents are usually not obligated to support their stepchildren.
(1,11) A more complete understanding of the influence of family context requires an exploration of the extent to which relationships with nonbiological family members, such as stepparents or stepsiblings, affect teenage sexuality.
The structure of a household indicates with whom the youth is living: both parents, a single parent, one parent and a stepparent, one parent and a cohabiting partner, etc.
In this article, the roles of worker, partner, parent, stepparent, and caregiver for individuals within same-sex, dual-earner couples are discussed.
The situation of nonbiological same-sex partners is most similar to that of stepparents in heterosexual marriages.
The concern of some policymakers and practitioners is that this lack of legal recognition may undermine role expectations of the stepparent, who in turn may abdicate family responsibilities.
Since the ruling, state courts across the country have held that state statutes allowing grandparents, stepparents, siblings, and other interested parties to petition for custody or visitation over the objections of a fit parent are unconstitutional.
* the relationship between the stepparent and the child;
In-depth analyses are provided for adoptive, foster, single-parent, stepparent, lesbian/gay and grandmother-headed families.
In terms of the involvement of fathers in daily child care, Canadian fathers behave in a similar manner to American fathers, with typically a much more limited contact after divorce, irrespective of whether their children live in lone-parent or stepparent households (Stephens 1996; Le Bourdais and Marcil-Gratton 1998).
If your stepdad tucks you in at night and has never touched you inappropriately, then keep appreciating the close relationship you have with your loving stepparent. Just because you're learning about the big world doesn't mean it should upset your small world.
Ten percent lived with a parent and stepparent; these minors were included with the 51% who lived with only one parent.
The purpose of this study was to explore attitudes regarding the obligations of family members to help elderly parents and stepparents. Specifically, we examined perceived obligations for a woman to assist a divorced parent who had not resided with her for much of her childhood and a stepparent with whom she had spent part of her childhood years.