ERIC Number: ED304647
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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Enriching Adult-Child Affect in the Stepfamily Environment.
Currie, John R.
This program was designed to strengthen relationships between stepparents and their stepchildren who were elementary school students. The goals of the program were three-fold. The first goal was to improve the affective relationship between the stepparent and the stepchild. Second, improvement of the children's achievement and behavior was expected. Third, improved parenting skills were to be developed through interaction, lecture, and structured practice activities. Initial data indicated a strong relationship between stepchildren and school discipline and emotional problems. Sufficient response to a letter soliciting interest in a program designed to strengthen stepfamily relationships was obtained and a stepparenting component was added to the parent education program. The program covered increasing the stepparent's knowledge of the research on stepfamily dynamics, affection building activities, child development, and disciplinary techniques. Stepparents (N=9) who participated in the program showed gains in the knowledge of stepparenting relationships, gains in affectionate interaction with their stepchildren, and improved disciplinary skills. The participants found the interaction with other stepparents to be among the most helpful benefits. Improvement in the children's responses at school was not significant, but it is believed that the time was too short to note improvement (stepparents participated over a 7-week period). A longitudinal study and a longer time frame are recommended. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.