Perceived self-competence, stepfamily myths, and (step)parent role ambiguity in adolescents from 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: Assessed type of stepfamily (stepfather vs stepmother) and gender differences in junior high school students' perceived self-competence, myths about stepfamilies, and perceived ambiguity of the (step)parent role. In self-competence, there were no significant effects for type of stepfamily, gender, or their interaction. Ss rating stepparents reported more role ambiguity than did those rating biological parents. Without control variables, but not with them, stepmother role ambiguity was negatively correlated with self-competence. Contrary to expectations, self-competence was positively correlated with adherence to stepfamily myths. For those in stepmother families, self-competence was positively correlated with years since parental divorce and years living with the stepparent.

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Language: English
Date: 1992
adolescent attitudes, parenting, stepfamilies, self-competence, stepparents

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