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Affiliations and Family Memories: The Perspective of Young Adults who Have Lived in a Blended Family

Bérangère Véron

In this article we wish to look at the feelings of family affiliation experienced by young adults who have lived in a blended family setting. It would appear that their rapport with lineage and memories is subject to blurred but internalized standards that privilege a symbolic and voluntary affiliation to the parental lineage. Whatever the quality of the ties with the step-parental lineage, it does not lead to an interrelational cathexis; the inherited and intimate memory of the step-parent/custodian is not incorporated into that of the Ego. It is more likely that the latter will integrate those memories shared with the step-parent into its own memory.