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ERIC Number: EJ779316
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2445
When Children Have Two Mothers: Relationships with Nonresident Mothers, Stepmothers, and Fathers
King, Valarie
Journal of Marriage and Family, v69 n5 p1178-1193 Dec 2007
Using data on 294 adolescents from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health who live with a biological father and have both a resident stepmother and a nonresident biological mother, this study examines the prevalence, antecedents, and consequences of adolescents' closeness to each of their parents. Findings demonstrate that adolescents vary in their likelihood of having close relationships to resident fathers, resident stepmothers, and nonresident biological mothers, but when they can do so, they appear to benefit. Close relationships with both resident fathers and nonresident mothers are associated with fewer adolescent internalizing and externalizing problems. Closeness to resident stepmothers, however, is unrelated to these two outcomes. Results suggest that fathers play a particularly important role in these families.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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