Is Living in a Stepfamily Dangerous For Your Teenager?
Experts say children with stepparents are more troubled
CHILDREN of divorced couples who live with a step-parent are at increased risk of mental health problems, a study has found.
Teenagers living with a stepfather or stepmother were more troubled than those who split their time between parents.
They reported more symptoms of mental health problems, such as depression and dishonesty, and more bullying at school.
Experts have previously suggested it was better for children from broken homes to have a step-parent, because it offers greater financial stability and another authority figure. However, children also face the stress of a ‘new family structure’, according to Norwegian researchers.
As you read this article ask yourself these two important questions:
1) If the adults were adequately prepared for the stepfamily journey would the children have fared better?
2) Are family therapists, social workers and other professionally have sufficient knowledge about stepfamily developmental processes, dynamics and interventions to help stepfamilies -- adults and children -- navigate the stepfamily journey?
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