Academic journal article Family Relations

Book Reviews -- Stepparenting: Issues in Theory, Research, and Practice Edited by Kay Pasley and Marilyn Ihinger-Tallman

Academic journal article Family Relations

Book Reviews -- Stepparenting: Issues in Theory, Research, and Practice Edited by Kay Pasley and Marilyn Ihinger-Tallman

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Pasley, Kay, and Ihinger-Tallman, Marilyn (Eds.). (1994). Stepparenting: Issues in Theory, Research, and Practice. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. 304 pp. Hardcover ISBN 0-313-28502-0, price $59.95.

The thirteen chapters in this volume, contributed by 20 authors, cover a broad range of topics, including theory (two papers), research findings (five), therapy (one), validation of Loyalty Conflicts Assessment Questionnaire for stepparents, stepfamilies and schools, and stepparents and the law (one each). The first and last chapters by the editors (with Amy Lofquist) are provocative review discussions. The other selections generally have timely significance. A noteworthy and useful feature of this volume is that each chapter ends with a listing of between three and eight key chapter points.

Particularly valuable, to this reviewer, is the chapter on the "Implications of the Justice and Care Perspectives for Theories of Remarriage and Stepparenting." Based on Gilligan's (1982) care perspective (in In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women's Development), Giles-Sims describes a theory of marital responsibility based on relational morality that emphasizes that "definitions of justice are derived from the meaning of interactional attempts to meet one's own needs and those of other family members in a specific, immediate, and sociohistorical context rather than from universal principles" (p. 34). The contrasting justice perspective "emphasizes the attributes traditionally associated with men (e.g., autonomy and independence) and assessments based on self-interest, rational causal thought processes and accepted principles of right and justice" (p. …

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