ERIC Number: ED297253
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Coping with Remarriage: The First Two Years.
Hetherington, E. Mavis; Clingempeel, Glenn
It has been estimated that about 30% of children will spend some time in a stepfamily and that 10% of children will experience two divorces of the custodial parent before they are 16 years of age. While there exists a substantial amount of research on divorce, there is a paucity of studies on remarriage. A longitudinal study was conducted to examine changes in family roles, relationships, and functioning in the first 2.5 years following remarriage. Family interaction patterns and the adjustment of early adolescent children in three types of families (stepfather families; nondivorced families; and families with a divorced, non-remarried custodial mother) were examined. Factors associated with children's successful coping or vulnerability to adverse effects of their parents' marital transitions were explored. Target children were between the ages of 9 and 13 at the beginning of the study. Stepfamilies were assessed three times, once in the first 7 months following remarriage, and again at approximately 16 and 26 months following remarriage. Other subjects were assessed at approximately comparable time periods. At the beginning of the study there were 202 families fairly evenly distributed across family groups and male and female target children. By the third assessment, there were 164 families still participating in the study. Each assessment involved a large set of interview, observational, and standardized test measures. (Results of the study are reported in the four documents that follow.) (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (34th, New Orleans, LA, March 31-April 2, 1988). For related documents, see CG 021 035-039.