ERIC Number: ED297254
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Parenting Adolescent Children in Nondivorced, Divorced, and Remarried Families.
Hollier, Evelyn Ann
A longitudinal study of stepfamilies, divorced maternal custody families, and nondivorced families was conducted to assess the competence of mothers in different family structures, examine stepfather-stepchild relationships compared to relationships between nondivorced biological fathers and their children, see how relationships changed over time for parents and children in remarried families, and examine how parenting in all three types of families might change as children grew older and moved further into adolescence. Three composite indices of parenting behavior (warmth, control, conflict) were drawn from self, spouse, and child reports in structured interviews. Analyses of the data revealed few overall differences in self, spouse, and child perspectives on parenting. While the general tendency appeared to be for parents and children to disengage as children grew older, family structure superimposed its own patterns over this general pattern. Homes with absent fathers and those adjusting to a stepfather appeared more vulnerable to disrupted parent-child relationships during adolescence. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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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 and CG 021 037-039.