Title

Reviewed Work: YOURS, MINE, AND HOURS: RELATIONSHIP SKILLS FOR BLENDED FAMILIES by John Penton, Shona Welsh

Keywords

book review, family, marriage, blended families, divorce

Abstract

Divorce and remarriage have become increasingly common over time. Nearly 20% of American adults have been married twice (the number can be even larger in many Western nations), a significant portion of children grow up in stepfamilies, and the number of blended families continues to increase. Remarried couples face a number of unique challenges, such as: children from prior marriages, the financial, emotional, and/or parental presence of previous spouses, and the stigma associated with divorce. Furthermore, divorcees want successful second marriages by avoiding the mistakes and missteps which doomed their first foray into married life. Given these forces, a number of books and articles have been published with the promise of providing readers with a sure-fire way to avoid a divorce. Typically, these books are poorly researched and unable to distill complex theories and empirical evidence into practical solutions for blended families. Yours, Mine, and Hours falls into the same trap.

Original Publication Citation

Shafer, K. (2010). “Book Review of ‘Yours, Mine, and Hours: Relationship Skills for Blended Families.” Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 41(1): 185-186.

Document Type

Other

Publication Date

2010

Publisher

Journal of Comparative Family Studies

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Sociology

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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