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Psychosocial Intervention

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ARRANZ FREIJO, Enrique; OLIVA DELGADO, Alfredo; MARTIN AYALA, Juan Luis  and  PARRA OLIVA, Agueda. Analysis of the Problems and Educational Needs of New Family Structures. Psychosocial Intervention [online]. 2010, vol.19, n.3, pp.243-251. ISSN 2173-4712.

The aim of this study is to identify the concerns and support needs of several family groups corresponding to different family structures. 214 families, matching 6 different family structures, were interviewed. The results show that families are worried about their children's health and that educational criteria are required to deal with the child-rearing process. Single and step families are worried about the fact that their children have been through processes of conflict. Adoptive families have worry about the normal psychological development of their children and require specific training to deal with the adoption process. Gay and lesbian families are concerned about the social stigma that may fall on their children. Multiple-birth families are worried about the high level of human, educational and economic resources needed to raise their children. Results highlight the need to develop educational and preventive policies aimed at families.

Keywords : family education; family structure; child development.

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