About Stepfamily Isolation

     In talking with others, new stepfamily members can feel dismayed to discover "No one's like us! - we're alone!" In their locale, they may be right, for there are over 100 combinations of structural factors like these (and others):

Structural Factor Mate "A" Mate "B" Both Neither
  • divorced before

  • first partner died

  • has living kids

  • has 1 or more teens

  • has custody

  • has "ours" kids

  • has adult child/ren

  • adopted stepchild

  • has grandkid/s

  • ex mate re/married


Despite these differences, all stepfamily kids and adults ex-perience common primary problems. When adults discover this, they can exchange isolation for nourishing empathy and support.                                                     self-help groups