ERIC Number: ED281665
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr-20
Reference Count: 0
Parenting Practices and Family Process During Early Remarriage.
Bray, James H.; And Others
Presented are findings from a research project on marital and family processes and parenting practices during early remarriage and their relationships to children's behavioral adjustment. Participants were 31 stepfather families and 33 nondivorced families, all of which had a target child between 6 and 9 years of age. Stepfamilies had been married for a period ranging from 4 to 7 months. No differences between stepfamilies and nuclear families were found on self-report measures of marital adjustment. However, observations of marital interactions indicated that stepfamily couples were more negative and coercive and exhibited poorer communication skills than nondivorced couples. Overall, boys' and girls' behavioral problems in stepfamilies were associated with more negative family processes and less effective parenting practices. Results indicated that better marital adjustment is more likely to occur in stepfamilies with girls, but be more important for the behavioral adjustment of boys in stepfamilies. Thus, couples at this early stage could perhaps benefit from training to improve their marital skills. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Baltimore, MD, April 23-26, 1987).