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ERIC Number: ED311383
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 32
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Stepgrandmothers and Grandmothers of Stepfamilies: Role Behaviors, Role Meanings, and Grandmothering Styles.
Henry, Carolyn S.; Ceglian, Cindi Penor
Research on the transition to remarriage and stepfamily formation has focused upon sociodemographic factors, the relationship between remarriage and the well-being of individual family members, and stepfamily integration. This study examined recently remarried mothers' perceptions of stepgrandmothers' and grandmothers' role behaviors, role meanings, and grandmothering styles with their grandchildren and stepgrandchildren. Subjects (N=62) were women in remarried families. From the sample of 62 mothers, perceptions of 248 grandmother/grandchild and stepgrandmother/stepgrandchild relationships were examined. Mothers' perceptions of stepgrandmothers' and grandmothers' relationships with stepgrandchildren and grandchildren were assessed using a questionnaire based on Robertson's study of grandmother/grandchild relations. The results provided considerable support for the hypotheses that higher levels of role behaviors and role meaning would be perceived in grandmother/grandchild relations than in stepgrandmother/stepgrandchild relations. Mothers perceived differences in relationships with stepgrandchildren and grandchildren during the early years of stepfamily life. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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