Valentina Dotto

The stepfamilies: new family needs and new challenges for the service system welare

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Keywords: stepparent, stepfamily, parenting, welfare state

Stepfamilies have been around for a long time and they are unlikely to go away. They are one of the fastest growing family types in industrial nations. Stepfamilies are complex and diverse: there are new levels of kin and new interaction patterns. This paper seeks to highlight that there is a practical urgency to address such matters about stepfamily because there is little awareness of stepfamily issue at a policy level. Excluding collection of information on stepfamilies re-affirms their invisibility and reinforce the notion that their situation is a private matter and not a public concern.

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