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ERIC Number: EJ1000158
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0037-8046
Stepfamily Functioning and Closeness: Children's Views on Second Marriages and Stepfather Relationships
Jensen, Todd M.; Shafer, Kevin
Social Work, v58 n2 p127-136 Apr 2013
Current research on stepfamily well-being often overlooks the perspective of children, and deals primarily with factors as reported by the adults involved. The authors examine a number of family role characteristics, parental subsystem characteristics, and resources that might influence how children perceive the quality of their stepfamily relationships. A sample of 1,088 children in households with a mother and stepfather, ages 10 to 16 years, in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, 1979 cohort--Children and Young Adult Sample, is used for the analyses. Results indicate that open communication between children and their mothers, low amounts of arguing between mothers and stepfathers, along with agreement on parenting, and gender, all affect the closeness children report having with their stepfathers. Conclusions, limitations, and clinical implications are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Survey of Youth