Blended Families: A Critical Review of the Current Research

  title={Blended Families: A Critical Review of the Current Research},
  author={Torey Portrie and Nicole R. Hill},
  journal={The Family Journal},
  pages={445 - 451}
Current research on blended families is summarized to address blended family development, communication strategies, and relationships between stepparents and stepchildren. Considerations for family counselors and blended families are addressed. Implications for future research opportunities include multicultural issues within blended families and stepmothers’ relationships with their stepchildren. 

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