The adjustment of adolescents in stepfather and stepmother families.

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Mark Fine, Professor and Chair (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The article presents a study that assessed the relations between adolescent adjustment in stepfamilies, and both family context and process variables. The process variables assessed were those commonly identified as being related to child and adolescent outcomes. Because adolescent adjustment is likely to be multiply-determined, three layers of processes were considered: intrapersonal i.e., self-mastery; parent-child inter-personal--authoritative, authoritarian, permissive, and adjunctive--and; family system interpersonal--supervision, warmth, conflict, interest, and order. Subjects for the study were drawn from a pool of 1,028 sixth and seventh grade students from a junior high school that served a midwestern city of approximately 39,000 people. Participants were 118--60 boys, 58 girls--sixth and seventh grade students living with stepfathers and 32--15 boys, 17 girls--living with stepmothers. Results indicated that students living with stepfathers had higher selfesteem and fewer reported social problems than those living with stepmothers.

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Language: English
Date: 1992
psychology, adolescent psychology, stepfamilies, parenting, family studies

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