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Positive Turning Points in Stepparent-Stepchild Relationships

Building on previous research, researchers asked adult stepchildren with a positive relationship with their stepparent to look back over time and examine what moved their relationship toward positivity and health.1 Instead of asking adults or children in the throes of merging their families what made them happy or felt good, they asked young adult children, who had the advantage of hindsight and years in their blended family, what made a difference in their relationship, then categorized the responses and analyzed them. Family professionals can consider these “turning points,” as the researchers called them, prescriptions for building healthier blended families. Read More

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The Protestant Family Ethic

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2019 World Family Map: The Ties That Bind

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Teens in Quarantine

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4 in 10 U.S. births to unmarried women.
69% of America’s children live in two-parent families.
36.5% of single-mother families live in poverty.
40% of America’s children live in a cohabiting household by age 12.
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