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Children & Stepfamilies: A Snapshot

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Publication Date: November 1998

Publisher(s): Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Chandler Arnold

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Social conditions (Marriage and family life)

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


Looks at what social science research tells us about children being raised in stepfamilies. Compares the outcomes of children growing up in stepfamilies with those of children living in both two-parent biological and single-parent families. Also examines the reasons for these differences, the demographics of stepfamily situations in America, and the factors influencing the decision to form a stepfamily.