chapter 13

stage 1:fantasy
Adults expect a smooth and quick adjustment while children expect that the stepparent will disappear and their parents will be reunited.
stage 2:immersion
Tension producing conflict emerges between the stepfamily’s two biological “subunits”.
stage 3:awareness
family members realize that their early fantasies are not becoming reality.
stage 4:mobilization
Family members initiate efforts toward change.
stage 5: action
Remarried adults decide to form a solid alliance, family boundaries are better clarified, and there are more positive stepparent-stepchild interaction.
stage 6: contact
The stepparent become a significant adult family figure, and the couple assumes more control.
stage 7: resolution
The stepfamily achieves integration and appreciates its unique identity as a stepfamily.