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Adolescent Siblings in Stepfamilies. Family Functioning and Adolescent Adjustment. Edition No. 1. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development

  • ID: 2247811
  • Book
  • March 2000
  • 200 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
This longitudinal study examines family relationships and the adjustment of two adolescent siblings, varying in the degree of biological relatedness, in non-stepfamiles and in stabilized simple and complex stepfamilies. Family relationships and children's adjustment were assessed using interview and questionnaire measures obtained from mothers, fathers/stepfathers, and the two siblings and from observational measures of family interactions in the home. Family type and gender differences in marital relationships, parent-child relationships, and sibling relationships as well as adolescent adjustment were examined. The findings suggest that, even in long established stepfamilies, some differences in family relationships and in adolescent adjustments were found. Few differences, however, between non-stepfamilies and simple stepfamilies were found.
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E. Mavis Hetherington University of Virginia, USA.

Sandra Henderson University of Virginia, USA.

David Reiss
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