Stepfamilies have gone from being a therapeutic rarity to a staple of family practice. In a recent conversation—part of our webcast series on meeting the unique challenges of 21st century families— Patricia Papernow, an expert in working with stepfamilies, helps us understand the fundamental issues and unique hurdles most stepfamilies must navigate, including a child’s disregard for a stepparent, attachment wounds between parents and kids, conflict among children, and stresses the happy couple never anticipated.
In this quick video clip, Patricia explains the two realities of new stepfamilies—adults who are enthralled and optimistic, and children who are undergoing a series of real losses. I think you may find her insights helpful as you work with stepfamilies in your practice.
Patricia Papernow, Ed.D., has worked as a trainer, consultant, and therapist with stepfamily relationships for more than 30 years. She’s a National Stepfamily Resource Center senior training faculty member and the author of the award-winning book Becoming a Stepfamily and Surviving and Thriving in Stepfamily Relationships.
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