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Stepparent Affinity-Seeking and -Maintaining Behaviors with Stepchildren and Marital Satisfaction and Step-Relationship Quality in Remarried Couples
2018 International Association for Relationship Research Conference (2018)
  • Luke T. Russell, University of Missouri
  • Nate Stoddard, University of Missouri
  • Lawrence Ganong, University of Missouri
  • Caroline Sanner, University of Missouri
  • Kwangman Ko, University of Missouri
  • Todd Jensen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Abstract
Remarried stepfamilies make up a sizable portion of American families. Family clinicians and researchers
suggest that the ability of stepparents to develop close bonds with stepchildren may be critical to the wellbeing of couple relationships as well. Using Actor-Partner Interdependence Models to analyze data from 319 remarried stepfamily couples, we evaluated how remarried parents’ and stepparents’ perceptions of a stepparents’ affinity-seeking and maintaining behaviors were associated with their own and their spouse’s marital satisfaction and their perceptions of stepparent-stepchild relationship quality. Preliminary results show significant positive actor effects across all outcomes and one significant partner effect. Implications will be discussed.
Keywords
  • remarried couples,
  • affinity-seeking
Publication Date
July 15, 2018
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Citation Information
Luke T. Russell, Nate Stoddard, Lawrence Ganong, Caroline Sanner, et al.. "Stepparent Affinity-Seeking and -Maintaining Behaviors with Stepchildren and Marital Satisfaction and Step-Relationship Quality in Remarried Couples" 2018 International Association for Relationship Research Conference (2018)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kwangman-ko/1/