Marilyn Coleman

Marilyn Coleman
University of Missouri | Mizzou · Department of Human Development and Family Studies

EdD University of Missouri

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January 1981 - May 2013
University of Missouri
Education
September 1972 - May 1975
University of Missouri
Field of study
  • Special Education
September 1965 - August 1967
University of Missouri
Field of study
  • Child Development
September 1955 - May 1959
Kansas State University
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  • Dietetics and Institutional Management

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Publications (219)
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The purpose of this study was to examine research evidence about effective childrearing in stepfamilies (i.e., parenting practices that contribute to children's physical, cognitive, and emotional well‐being). Stepfamilies are increasingly common. Studies show that children in stepfamilies tend to be at higher risk for negative outcomes than childre...
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The purposes of this review are (a) to summarize holistically and synthesize research evidence about “what works” regarding effective stepfamily childrearing (i.e., behaviors that contribute to children's physical, cognitive, and emotional well‐being) drawn from three research reviews and (b) explore implications of a “what works” approach in famil...
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Objective The objectives of this project were to (a) examine research evidence on effective childrearing in stepfamilies, (b) draw “best practice” guidelines for effective childrearing in stepfamilies, and (c) identify gaps in what is known about effective childrearing in stepfamilies. Effective childrearing was defined as cognitions, attitudes, an...
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Objective The purpose of this review is to examine research evidence about effective childrearing of stepchildren by coparents in stepfamilies (i.e., childrearing that contributes to children's physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being). Background Childrearing after parental repartnering is likely to involve coparenting within stepfamily hous...
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In this grounded theory study, we examined the processes through which 25 young adult stepchildren developed relationships with 71 stepsiblings. We also examined the interpersonal and familial contexts within which stepsibling relationships were formed. We identified six distinct types of stepsibling connections: (a) strangers, (b) distant acquaint...
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This study examined differences between first-married and remarried couples in marital conflict, physical and mental health, and the emotion regulation strategies of cognitive reap- praisal and expressive suppression. Marriage order and emo- tional regulation strategies were examined as potential moderators of the association between marital confli...
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The present study examines participant attitudes regarding whether a victim of IPV should forgive an offending partner and whether they should stay or leave a violent relationship. A total of 562 participants completed the study, which entailed responding to factorial vignettes online. Participants were primarily heterosexual, female, non-Latino, a...
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We examined emotion regulation strategies as moderators of marital conflict and marital satisfaction between first-married and remarried couples. Remarried couples with a stepchild ( n = 108) and first marriage couples ( n = 111) with a child completed online surveys. Perceptions of both spouses were analyzed using actor–partner interdependence mod...
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This mixed methods study analyzed individual attitudes regarding how the gender of an aggressor, levels of aggression (i.e., slapping, punching, or threatening with a weapon), and alcohol consumption (i.e., one beer, three beers, or six beers) are associated with attitudes about (a) the use of violence in intimate partner violence (IPV) in a romant...
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Scholars have long recognized that the boundaries of family membership and definitions of family relationships are socially constructed. The social construction of family membership, and the accompanying ambiguity surrounding family language and labels, particularly in complex families who have experienced divorce, remarriage, and other structural...
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Objective To explore the lived experiences of shared children in stepfamilies (i.e., those born into a repartnered family who live with married parents and older half‐siblings). Background Shared children have been found to fare worse than other sibling groups on a variety of outcomes (e.g., educational outcomes, antisocial behavior, depressive sy...
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Objective To understand how, and under what conditions, stepgrandchildren build and maintain familial ties with inherited stepgrandparents, using symbolic interaction theory as a lens. Background High rates of divorce and remarriage coupled with increases in longevity suggest that more children have stepgrandparent relationships than ever before....
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To examine whether marital dynamics within remarried couples (in the form of perceived quality and confidence) or perceptions of stepparent–stepchild relationship quality were more strongly associated with stepfamily functioning. Stepfamilies are common in the United States, and identifying factors central to healthy stepfamily functioning is an im...
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Remarried stepfamilies are a sizable portion of American families; in a 2011 Pew Center survey, 42% of respondents reported at least one stepfamily member. Family clinicians and researchers suggest that stepparents’ ability to develop close bonds with stepchildren may be critical to the well-being of couple and family relationships. Using actor-par...
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Because of the potential stepparent-stepchild relationships have for tension and conflict, clinicians have identified the development of a positive stepparent-stepchild connection as one of the major tasks of stepfamily life. Stepparents often are advised to focus initially on developing friendships with stepchildren, or seeking affinity with them,...
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Objective To understand whether 15‐year‐old adolescents' reports of positive and negative interactions in their romantic relationships are associated with their depressive symptoms and externalizing behavior. Background To ensure that relationship education programs comprehensively address adolescent romantic development, there is a need for resea...
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Increases in divorce, remarriage, and stepfamily formation have added complexity to sibling composition. Biological siblings have been found to be key players in children's lives, and relationships with half and stepsiblings also likely influence individual development and adjustment. In this systematic integrative review, we synthesize and critiqu...
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In this article, we propose the conceptualization of family structure as an important socially stratified grouping within a social determinants of health (SDOH) framework. We explore how family science literature supports this conceptualization of family structure through evidence of inequity in health outcomes across structurally diverse families...
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The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of responsibility inferences on judgments about helping older parents and stepparents with activities of daily living, health management, and recovery in the aftermath of an illness or injury. Using Weiner’s theory of responsibility inferences as a guiding framework, we evaluated (1) the amount o...
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Although obligation is believed to be a central component of family relationships, empirical investigation of if, how, and to what extent connotations associated with terms commonly used to denote “family obligation” affect exchanges of family support remains limited. In this mixed-method study, we explored the effects of words commonly used to den...
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Background Multi-generational steprelationships are relatively common, and yet little is known about stepgrandparent-stepgrandchild relationships. The quality of steprelationships is relevant to understanding intergenerational support for older divorced and remarried adults. Objectives The purpose of this study is to examine and compare stepgrandc...
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Increases in stepfamily formation and longevity suggest that more children have stepgrandparent relationships than ever before. Because remarriages end in divorce more often than first marriages, many children experience the involuntary dissolution of stepgrandparent ties. Little is known about stepgrandparent relationships in general, and even les...
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Objective To examine individuals' attitudes about parental disclosures to children. Background Parents' disclosures can either help or hinder children's coping with family‐related stressors. Knowing what is appropriate to disclose, however, is not always clear. Method We examined judgments about parental disclosures using a mixed‐methods approach...
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Purpose Stepgrandparents are becoming more common, and they can, and often do, provide affective and instrumental support to families. Little is known, however, about how they negotiate and enact their roles within families, especially with stepgrandchildren. Stepgrandmothers warrant special attention because researchers have found that women exper...
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en Historically, there have always been stepfamilies, but until the early 1970s, they remained largely unnoticed by social scientists. Research interest in stepfamilies followed shortly after divorce became the primary precursor to stepfamily formation. Because stepfamilies are structurally diverse and much more complex than nuclear families, they...
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Strong cultural values and ideals attached to women in families deem the role of stepmother as inferior to that of biological mother. Although biological motherhood is celebrated, stepmotherhood is stigmatized, and women who wish to become mothers but become stepmothers prior to having biological children may grieve the loss of images surrounding n...
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How do practitioners work with stepfamilies? Stepfamily education programs are presented along with a brief discussion of what is taught. Materials on the WWW, self-help materials, self-help groups, and bibliotherapy are briefly discussed. Topics presented in the chapter include: affinity strategies, learning co-parenting skills, obtaining financia...
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How do same-sex stepfamilies compare to heterosexual stepfamilies? How are they similar and how do they differ? In this chapter stepfamilies headed by gay and lesbian couples are examined. There are multiple pathways to creating a same-sex stepfamily (i.e., after a divorce, via donor insemination, hiring a surrogate to deliver, adopting); these pat...
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How do couples build a close bond when they have children from prior relationships and ex-partners who are interested observers of these bonding processes? In this chapter we examine the roles of children, former spouses and partners, and others on the bonding processes in stepfamily couples. Research on couple dynamics related to power and equity,...
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How do stepparents develop close relationships with stepchildren? How do they maintain those relationships over time? Stepparenting is often a challenge. In this chapter we discuss the diverse contexts within which stepparents develop and maintain bonds with stepchildren. The somewhat different circumstances of residential and nonresidential stepmo...
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Are intergenerational bonds important in stepfamilies? Changes in longevity, fertility, and marital stability have important implications for stepfamilies. The effects of custody and gender on grandparent–grandchild relationships in stepfamilies are presented in this chapter, as is information about stepgrandparents (39 % of American families have...
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How do clinicians view stepfamilies? The history of clinician’s perspectives is presented beginning with early attempts (first wave) to shape stepfamilies as nuclear families. The second wave of stepfamily clinicians proposed developmental modes that were more flexible and create, moving beyond reconstituting the nuclear family. A third wave of cli...
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How are parent–child relationships maintained during stepfamily formation, what changes in those relationships occur over time, and what influences these changes? The primary focus of the chapter is a review and critique of research with mothers in stepfamily households. Role functions of mothers (i.e., protector of children, gatekeeper, defender,...
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What is the nature of sibling, stepsibling, and half-sibling relationships in stepfamilies? Data on the presence of stepsiblings and half-siblings in stepfamilies is difficult to acquire but estimates are that nearly 15 % of all children live with a half-or stepsibling, and over 12 % live in complex stepfamilies in which they have both half- and st...
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How are children affected by living in stepfamilies? We compare family structures on academic achievement, internalizing and externalizing behaviors, and interpersonal relationships in this chapter. Theoretical explanations for stepfamily effects are reviewed. In general, stepchildren do less well than children in first-marriage nuclear families, b...
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What are the research trends and future challenges in studying stepfamilies? Over the past few years, among researchers there is greater sophistication in research designs, a better understanding of stepfamily complexity, more theorizing and theory-building, and greater awareness of how beliefs and values affect stepfamily scholarship. Challenges t...
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How do stepfamily couples find each other? What is dating like for parents? In this chapter we examine who gets remarried and who does not, who cohabits with stepchildren and who does not, the motivations to remarry or repartner, the barriers to remarriage or repartnering, and courtship differences between first marriages and remarriages. We then e...
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How do cultural values and norms affect stepfamilies? Stepfamilies do not live in a cultural vacuum. Cultural values affect stepfamily members. How practitioners and researchers think about stepfamilies also is affected by cultural beliefs and norms. Stepfamilies are incomplete institutions; in this chapter we examine what that means, and we explor...
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How have stepfamilies and stepfamily scholarship changed over time? Stepfamilies are an international phenomenon. Historically, there have always been stepfamilies, but until about 50 years ago, they were formed primarily after death of a spouse/parent, and so went largely unnoticed by social scientists. Stepfamilies were discovered by scholars whe...
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Why do various pathways to stepfamily formation matter? Stepfamilies are formed in many ways—after death, after divorce, after cohabitations, when lone, never-married parents repartner. The pathways to stepfamily living matter because they are important contexts within which stepfamily relationships are created, developed, and maintained. In this c...
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This second edition synthesizes the emerging knowledge base on the diversity of stepfamilies, their inherent concerns, and why so relatively little is still known about them. Its extensive findings shed needed light on family arrangements relatively new to the literature (e.g., cohabitating stepparents), the effects of these relationships on differ...
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This article details the process of a grounded theory investigation into divorced parents care for children with a chronic illness. It describes how the researchers developed their initial research question, designed a study to answer that question, analyzed and interpreted their results, and ultimately published their findings. This article also e...
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Father–child relationships tend to decrease in quality and closeness following parental divorce, yet little is known about how these relationships evolve in response to normative developmental changes in children. We conducted a grounded theory study of how 33 emerging adults maintained or changed their relationships with their nonresidential fathe...
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Purpose - Stepgrandparent-stepgrandchild relationships are increasingly common as a result of relatively high rates of divorce and remarriage and increased longevity. When relationships are close, stepgrandparents may be valuable resources for stepgrandchildren, but the relational processes salient to the development of these ties remain largely un...
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Much can be learned about the nature and meaning of close relationships by studying language use. This qualitative study explores the process of defining relationships and choosing partner reference terms among an understudied population—living apart together (LAT) couples in older adulthood. Twenty-five men and women aged 60 years and older were i...
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Using data from 291 divorced mothers and fathers, we compared their perceptions of how much legal-financial, time-logistics, and parental fitness barriers influenced their postdivorce coparenting, and we tested the associations between these barriers to postdivorce coparenting and self-reported coparenting behaviors. Men perceived greater legal-fin...
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Divorced parents face distinct challenges in providing care for chronically ill children. Children’s residence in two households necessitates the development of family-specific strategies to ensure coparents’ supervision of regimen adherence and the management of children’s health care. Utilizing a risk and resilience perspective, a grounded theory...
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Following parental separation, child custody decisions determine the legal responsibilities of each parent to the child or children. The increase in parental separation in the United States since the second half of the twentieth century for reasons other than death has lead to greater visibility of child custody decisions. There are two types of ch...
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Families have become increasingly diverse and complex, which has made defining family membership more ambiguous. Issues surrounding family identity, belonging, and shared kinship are relevant in many types of complex families, but they are critically important for stepfamilies. In this study the authors examined stepgrandchild–stepgrandparent relat...
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Decades of divorce and remarriage, coupled with increases in longevity, have resulted in large numbers of multigenerational stepfamilies in many societies worldwide. Stepgrandparents are more common in families in the early twenty-first century than ever before; thus, researchers, clinicians, and educators are eager to better understand stepgrandpa...
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Stepparenting occurs when adults marry or cohabit with a partner who has a child or children from a previous relationship or relationships. Many adults become stepparents after having experienced multiple marital or relational transitions (e.g., marriage, divorce, cohabitation) and their stepchildren also may have had multiple family transitions. S...
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The process of becoming happily remarried requires navigating a series of relationships, transitions, and difficulties that differ from the challenges confronted in first-marriage couple formation. Though there is limited research on repartnering dynamics, researchers and clinicians have uncovered some clues about adaptive strategies for remarried...
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Using data from 280 divorced or separated parents, we provide initial evidence of the psychometric properties and validity of the Experiences with Coparenting Scale (ECS), an 11-item semantic differential measure of divorced parents’ satisfaction with their coparenting relationships. The ECS consisted of a single factor with high internal reliabili...
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What is understood about late life partner relationships is largely based on long-term marriage, with little attention given to understanding the process of forming new partnerships in older adulthood. However, marked growth in cohabitation and greater awareness of living apart together (LAT) suggests a need for further investigation. The purpose o...
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Children in diverse families often have divergent life courses from children reared in other family forms. Diverse families, unlike first-marriage nuclear families, often are not formed by marriage, and when they are, the marriage may not be the first for at least one of the adults. Children in diverse families may be genetically related to only on...
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When divorced parents remarry or cohabit with new partners, it is challenging to maintain functional postdivorce coparenting systems. In this grounded theory study of 19 divorced mothers, we examined the processes by which they maintained boundaries around coparental relationships after 1 or both coparents had repartnered. Mothers saw themselves as...
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Remarriages end in divorce more often than first marriages, so many stepchildren experience multiple parental divorces and the potential loss of significant family ties. Although there is substantial research on parent–child relationships after divorce, little is known about stepparent–stepchild relationships after divorce. Therefore, the authors c...
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PurposeOlder adults and their families, geriatricians and gerontological practitioners, other health care providers, and social policy makers are invested in finding ways to prevent health and safety problems so that older adults can remain in their homes safely and independently. Family life education and problem-prevention programs designed for o...
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The authors performed a cluster analysis on data from 270 divorced or separated parents to classify their perceived coparental relationship with their ex-spouse and test if parents' perceptions of their children's postdivorce adjustment differed based on their perceptions of their postdivorce coparental relationship. The cluster analysis resulted i...
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Court-ordered shared physical and legal custody has led to greater numbers of couples that must coparent following divorce. We conducted a grounded theory study to examine resilience processes in postdivorce coparenting. Data were collected through in-depth interviews from 47 divorced mothers and fathers. The analysis revealed that successfully tra...
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Qualitative approaches are excellent ways to investigate family dynamics and family relationships. In the present study, we identify four goals in which qualitative methods benefit researchers: (1) obtaining family members' meanings about family interactions and relationships; (2) acquiring family insiders' views about relational processes and obse...
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Beliefs about intergenerational obligations to assist older adults are known to be influenced by contextual variables such as the type of kin relationship (i.e., stepparent, parent) between older and younger adults. One contextual variable that has not been studied is the degree to which older individuals are seen as culpable for their problems. If...
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This grounded theory study examined how 20 newly divorced, nonresidential fathers believe their physical involvement with their children allows them to maintain an Involved Father identity. Their identities, however, were negatively influenced by five barriers-Rushed Time; The Legal System; Geographic Distance; Negative Perception of Child Support;...
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Older adults who live alone are at risk for problems (e.g., falling, sudden illness). To maintain themselves safely at home they may benefit from planning to prevent problems. The purpose of this study was to evaluate an intervention designed to train family members or friends as to how to help older adults who were living alone make plans to maint...
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To date, African American masculinity has been explored from several perspectives and across many disciplines. Much of the work on Black masculinity derives from scholarly fields and paradigmatic approaches that are seldom in conversation with one another. This review explores the applications and critiques of deficit, Afrocentric, gender/sex role,...
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This study produces a grounded theory of how 20 predominantly White, well-educated women experienced sharing physical custody of their children with their former partners after divorce or separation. Three patterns of coparenting were identified in the data: continuously contentious, always amicable, and bad to better. Five negative factors and thr...
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This grounded theory study examined how 20 newly divorced, nonresidential fathers manage their fatherhood identities. The theory created from this study proposes that fathers' perceptions of (a) father-child relationships, (b) how their children's fiscal needs are met, and (c) barriers to their physical interactions with their children influence th...
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This grounded theory study examined how 20 newly divorced, nonresidential fathers manage their fatherhood identities. The theory created from this study proposes that fathers' perceptions of (a) father-child relationships, (b) how their children's fiscal needs are met, and (c) barriers to their physical interactions with their children influence th...
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Suggests how teachers and schools should treat children and their stepfamilies, illustrating the positive aspects of stepfamily living and listing classroom materials representing stepfamily lifestyles. (CI)
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Stepfamilies are common in the United States. An estimated 40–50 % of marriages are a remarriage for one or both partners (Cherlin, 2010), and although not all of these remarriages result in the formation of a stepfamily, a significant portion of them do. According to a recent study, 42 % of a national sample of US adults and more than half (52 %)...
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Divorced individuals who share parenting responsibilities have to figure out ways to work together to raise their children. The purpose of this qualitative study of 49 divorced coparents was to examine how they used technology (e.g., cell phones, computers) to communicate. For parents in effective coparenting relationships, communication technologi...
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Demography of StepmotherhoodStepmother StigmaStepmother TypologiesStepfamily ContextStepmother Research: What We Need to Know
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Divorced individuals who share parenting responsibilities have to figure out ways to work together to raise their children. The purpose of this qualitative study of 49 divorced coparents was to examine how they used technology (e.g., cell phones, computers) to communicate. For parents in effective coparenting relationships, communication technologi...
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The professional literature richly documents the importance for children to maintain emotional bonds with non-residential parents after separation/divorce, yet parents often struggle mightily with continuing care as co-parents. This chapter examines research on the role of “gatekeeping” by one parent, affecting the ability of the other parent to ma...
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Thirty-two stepdaughters and 17 stepsons participated in this grounded theory study of emerging adult stepchildren's perceptions about how relationships with their stepparents developed. The theory created from this study proposes that the degree to which stepchildren engage in relationship-building and -maintaining behaviors with stepparents is a...
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This is an obituary on the life of developmental psychologist, Lawrence A. Kurdek. He was a leader in the study of child and adult relationships, died on June 11, 2009. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2011 APA, all rights reserved).
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The purpose of this study was to examine attitudes and beliefs that predicted frequency of coparental communication and intentions to coparent for 203 divorced mothers and 124 fathers. Mothers and fathers who held positive perceptions of coparenting communicated more often with their former partner than did other parents. Mothers who perceived soci...
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This article presents a grounded theory investigation of the roles women fulfill as mothers in stepfamilies. A key role for these 24 mothers was serving as the link between the stepfather (her husband) and her children. When conflicts arose between children and stepfathers, mothers’ loyalties lay with their children, and they engaged in protective...
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This chapter examines research and clinical writing on intergenerational relations in stepfamilies. It draws on over twenty-four studies conducted in the US about intergenerational responsibilities following divorce and remarriage, and illustrates the various ways in which reciprocity is perceived in post-divorce stepfamilies as well as other facto...
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The purpose of this study was to critique in-print, post-1990 copyrighted stepfamily self-help books in order to provide guidance to helping professionals who work with these complex families. Of the 63 books reviewed, trained coders were able to strongly recommend 13 books for being well organized, for relying on clinical or empirical sources of i...
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Abstract Remarried stepfathers' experiences paying child support for nonresidential children were explored using a multiple-interview phenomenological approach with 11 fathers in the United States. Circumstances that negatively affected satisfaction with paying child support were seldom related to money, per se. Rather, the pervasive phenomenon tha...
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The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of patterns of resource exchange on beliefs about intergenerational responsibilities in older parent—adult child relationships. The effects of adult children's resources and later-life remarriage on beliefs about intergenerational responsibilities also were examined. A national sample of 1025 adu...
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Parent education in the 1980's must address such issues as the prosumer movement, cost efficiency, prevention rather than remediation, program availability, and evaluation. Parent-Child Interactions, a model designed to instruct parents to teach their preschool children basic cognitive and perceptual skills, is responsive to these current issues an...
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We assessed beliefs about adult children’s responsibilities to financially assist parents and stepparents following later-life divorce and remarriage using a multiple-segment factorial vignette with a national sample (N = 1,121). Ordered logistic regression analyses indicated that beliefs about financial responsibilities to older adults declined af...
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The aims of this study were: (a) to examine general perceptions of filial obligations toward sharing housing with older parents and stepparents; and (b) to assess the effects of selected contextual factors on those normative beliefs. A national sample of 579 men and 582 women (mean age = 44.6, SD = 17.2) responded to a multiple segment factorial vi...
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This study used a three-step procedure to examine 663 Midwestern university students' perceptions of the content of social stereotypes related to seven types of fathers. Married and adoptive fathers were the most positively stereotyped groups, and divorced residential fathers were also viewed quite positively. There were relatively neutral views of...
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The purpose of this study was to assess how acculturation may influence the beliefs that Latinos hold about adult children's obligations to assist older parents and stepparents. Beliefs about intergenerational assistance were obtained from 195 Latinas and 167 Latinos from a randomly selected national sample using six vignettes that described situat...
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The purpose of this study was to investigate the relations between divorced mothers’ (N= 196) coparental role identity and their perceptions of how cooperatively they coparent. Data were gathered by questionnaires mailed to mothers who had participated in a court-mandated divorce education program. Using structural equation modeling, it was determi...
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We examined beliefs about intergenerational responsibilities to assist older kin with a national sample of 362 Latinos, 492 African Americans, 121 Asian Americans, and 2,122 White European Americans using multiple-segment factorial vignettes. More similarities than differences existed between ethnic groups, but Asian Americans and African Americans...
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The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of reciprocal and nonreciprocal patterns of exchange on beliefs about intergenerational responsibilities in parent–child and stepparent–stepchild relationships. A national sample of 1044 adults responded to a multiple segment factorial survey. Normative responsibilities to assist kin were greater...
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The multiple segment factorial vignette design (MSFV) combines elements of experimental designs and probability sampling with the inductive, exploratory approach of qualitative research. MSFVs allow researchers to investigate topics that may be hard to study because of ethical or logistical concerns. Participants are presented with short stories ab...

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These investigations seek to understand how family members and social institutions (e.g., health care systems, schools, and government agencies) can better function as supportive resources for post-divorce, remarried, cohabiting, or single-parent families.