Stepfamily Facts


Stepfamilies are currently the fastest growing family form in the UK. 1

 

The latest (2011) report from the Office for National Statistics recorded 544,000 stepfamilies with dependent children in England and Wales. 2

 

Stepfamilies tend to be larger than non-stepfamilies with 28% of married couple stepfamilies having three or more dependent children compared with 17% of married couple non-stepfamilies.

 

Nearly 1 in 10 (1.1 million) dependent children live in a stepfamily.

 

11% of all couple families with dependent children are stepfamilies.

 

Three in four (76%) stepfamilies include dependent children (the remaining stepfamilies included non-dependent children only). 3

 

85% if stepfamilies include dependent children from the woman’s previous relationship; 11% from the man’s and 4% from both partners’ previous relationships. 4

 

In 2005, Parentline Plus helpline received 14,500 calls from stepparents who were experiencing stepfamily issues. 5

 

The latest Parentline Plus call data analysis report (March 2009) recorded a total of 15,701 calls received; of 10,847 long calls 1049 (10%) were from stepfamilies. 6

 

15% of all marriages were remarriages for both parties. 7

 

Research shows that it can take family members at least 4 years to adjust and settle into stepfamily life. 8

 

For more information on stepfamilies, please see the list of sources below.

List of Sources:

  1. http://www.uea.ac.uk/swp/iccd2006/Presentations/smith60.pdf
  2. http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171776_360784.pdf
  3. http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/census/2011-census-analysis/how-do-living-arrangements–family-type-and-family-size-vary-in-england-and-wales-/story-on-how-do-living-arrangements–family-type-and-family-size-vary-in-england-and-wales-.html#tab-Stepfamilies
  4. http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/ghs/general-lifestyle-survey/2011/index.html
  5. http://www.familylives.org.uk/about/news-blogs-and-reports/reports/our-reports/ (A report by Parentline Plus: Stepfamilies June 2005 no longer accessible on the website)
  6. http://www.familylives.org.uk/about/news-blogs-and-reports/reports/statistics/
  7. http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/vsob1/marriages-in-england-and-wales–provisional-/2012/stb-marriages-in-england-and-wales–provisional—2011.html
  8. http://www.stepfamilies.info/stepfamily-myths.php

Did you know that stepfamilies are the fastest growing family form? To find out more about statistics on stepfamily dynamics take a look here.