ERIC Number: ED273880
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Perspectives on Change of Custody among Stepsiblings.
In an attempt to understand perceptions of custody arrangements from the perspective of children with a focus on sibling and stepsibling relationships, exploratory research was conducted. Lengthy, unstructured interviews were conducted with 12 college students who ranged in age from 18 to 37. Data were gathered on family communication and affection patterns, authority or power relations, coalition formation, cohesiveness and solidarity, and the development of trust and commitment. Several of the subjects had experienced a custody shift, most often occurring because the father sought and won custody. A common reaction to parental divorce was a drawing together of the sibling group. Factors affecting stepsibling relations were: (1) differential treatment by fathers and stepmothers or by stepfathers and mothers; (2) strained relations between stepsiblings while visiting the second home; and (3) differential treatment of "own" children versus stepchildren. Shared experiences, respect, and general liking served as a basis for stepsibling closeness. Subjects' family lives exhibited disruption. Negative feelings were more likely to be directed towards stepparents than toward stepsiblings. (ABL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Council on Family Relations (Dallas, TX, November 4-8, 1985).