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Nova Perspectiva Sistêmica

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PIOVANOTTI, Marcelo Richar Arua  and  DUQUE, Denise. Divorce, remarriage and the relationship between stepfathers and stepchildren: reflections on the dynamics of remarried families. Nova perspect. sist. [online]. 2018, vol.27, n.61, pp. 49-65. ISSN 0104-7841.

With the advent of divorce, the number of families constituted from remarriage has grown significantly. Stepfathers, stepmothers and stepchildren have become more present in people's daily lives. The stepfather is still seen with reservations in the social environment, both due to the existing prejudices and uncertainties about their role in the family dynamics, especially when the father actively participates in his children’s daily life. In this scenario, what aroused the interest for the reflection described in this article is the family dynamics configured by the insertion of the stepfather. The idea defended is that the father and the stepfather can coexist harmoniously, each one with their specificities. The objective of this article is problematize the challenges that the family therapist may face in working with recasted families, with emphasis on the particularities of the stepfather's role and how systemic thinking can contribute to this understanding. Studies on the new family arrangements are relevant, since traditional marriage is no longer the only form of family formation.

Keywords : divorce; remarriage; stepfather; stepchildren; systemic epistemology.

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