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Nova Perspectiva Sistêmica

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SOARES, Laura Cristina Eiras Coelho. Half-siblings and stepsiblings: The blended siblinghood from the perspective of stepfathers/stepmothers. Nova perspect. sist. [online]. 2017, vol.26, n.57, pp. 103-115. ISSN 0104-7841.

This article is part of an investigation about remarried families. The main purpose was to discuss the blended siblinghood theme. The methodology used was based on a bibliographical survey and semi-structured interviews with stepparents. The results obtained on this theme were organized into three categories: the burden of having or not having children in their current relationship; the effects of childbearing half-siblings; and the difference or equality in the relationship between children and stepchildren. The birth of a child in their current relationship can impact the stepparent’s position in the family structure, creating a permanent bond with their stepchildren. The emphasis given by interviewees about not differentiating care from their children and stepchildren might hide the particular needs present in the family structure.

Keywords : psychology; brothers; family; stepfather; stepmother.

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