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Stepparent-Stepchild Relationships in Stepmother and Stepfather Families: A Multimethod Study

W. Glenn Clingempeel, Eulalee Brand and Richard Ievoli
Family Relations
Vol. 33, No. 3, Remarriage and Stepparenting (Jul., 1984), pp. 465-473
DOI: 10.2307/584718
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/584718
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Stepparent-Stepchild Relationships in Stepmother and Stepfather Families: A Multimethod Study
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Abstract

The present study employed a multimethod-multimeasure-multisource assessment of the quality of the stepparent-stepchild relationship in 16 stepmother and 16 stepfather families (with half of each type (n = 8) having a male and half having a female, 9-12 year old target child). Data were collected in 3½ hour home visits. Self-reports from stepchildren and stepparents and ratings by biological parents all revealed lower scores on Love and higher scores on Detachment dimensions for stepparent-stepdaughter relationships. Behavioral measures revealed that girls emitted less positive verbal and more negative problem-solving behavior toward their stepparents than did boys. Stepparents did not differ in their responses to boys and girls on the behavioral measures.

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