Living with an abusive step-mother

Building bonds between step-children and step-parents can be quite a challenge. Research suggests that adopted children are generally more likely to have relational challenges with their step-mothers than with their step-fathers.

 Martin (2009) attributes this to the fact that step-mothers are more prone to depression than step-fathers due to overwhelming expectations on step-mothers.

While research generally tends to blame lack of gratitude on adopted children for relational problems between them and their step-mothers, in some cases lack of acceptance by step-mothers can make the home environment unbearable for adopted children. Below is a typical scenario of what goes on in some homes:

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