Social Support in Stepfamily Worlds
Chapter Three. The King Family
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The King Family
The stepfather-stepson relational culture of support in the King family is integrally fused with the family culture of support and centers on nurturing responsibility. Stepdad Nick King and mother Julie King think that getting involved in a variety of activities is healthy for their kids; it keeps them out of trouble. Hence, the family stays busy. Nick works as a skilled laborer. His work takes him away from his house about half past six o’clock in the morning. He returns to the family’s property around four in the afternoon and has a variety of ongoing projects that occupy the remaining daylight hours at home. His wife, Julie, holds an associate degree in business and works as an administrative assistant. She visits the gym every day, goes to the office, and returns home around six in the evening after about a 25 minute commute. The three children, all Julie’s biological children, are each involved in extracurricular activities. Matt Smith, 17, plays soccer, marches in the school band, and participates in a drama club. Suzanne Smith, 15, is a star soccer player for the local high school. Christian Smith, the youngest of the three and the target youth in this family, is involved in a homework club after school and is part of the Boy Scouts of America. Through encouraging involvement in these activities, particularly Scouts, Nick seeks to support Christian. Scouts exposes him to outdoor recreation, teaches him responsibility, and...
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