Why Are Stepfamilies Considered to Be Complex Institutions?

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Approximately forty-five percent of all people in the United States will marry divorce and remarry. Because of this statistic and the rising rates of divorce this is also making the number of step families to rise in the country. Remarrying can be very difficult most of the time and this may make your step family a complex institution. A complex institution is an institution that affects people in more than one way. For example, it may cause physical and mental issues and stress. On the outside we may see a very happy couple who has just been remarried from a divorce, but on the inside it may be a completely different story. One thing many people do not consider before getting remarried is the affect that it has on the people around them and the one's close to them. Children will usually have the hardest struggle with a new step parent or step family. Step families affect children both mentally and physically. It may be very hard to adjust to having that new mother or father figure in their lives or even new siblings. Sadness and depression may occur because children that have been so used to getting a lot of attention will not receive as much now and their lives are dramatically changing, usually. Many children want their parent's together, especially the younger children, and they do not want to have to change their lifestyle's. The changing lifestyle is where we see the physical aspect set in. Many children may have had a certain schedule with their single parent's but as soon as they are remarried it may change. If your mother want's all electronic devices off by eleven on weekends, and that is how it has always been, and then all of a sudden your step father comes into the picture and decides he wants it to be ten when thin... ... middle of paper ... ...ey are not happy with our other parent. Younger children do not understand and just want their parent's together. It may cause a lot of heartache when the children finally realize that their parent's will never be together again. Parent's may never truly realize the impact that getting a new step family has on the people around them, maybe even their other relatives. It certainly makes for a completely new re-socialization of lives for the people who are affected by this. This is a rising pattern in the United States and parent's truly need to think about the mental, physical, and emotional impacts it has on the people around them. This can be a very hard adjustment and may sometimes result in another divorce, which will only cause more hardships. We have to remember what is best for ourselves and our families before making this huge, difficult change in our lives.
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