Communication Studies, Department of

 

ORCID IDs

Jordan Allen http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3693-0838

Date of this Version

2017

Citation

Published in Journal of Family Communication, 2018.

doi 10.1080/15267431.2017.1415902

Comments

Copyright © 2017 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. Used by permission.

Abstract

With the goal of understanding the development of positive stepchild–stepparent relationships, the researchers focused on turning points characterizing the interaction of adult stepchildren who have a positive bond with a stepparent. Engaging a relational turning points perspective, 38 stepchildren (males and females, ages 25 to 52 years old) who reported a positive stepparent relationship were interviewed, generating 269 turning points which were categorized into 15 turning point types and coded by valence. Turning points occurring most frequently were: prosocial actions, quality time, conflict/ disagreement, changes in household/family composition, and rituals. Findings are discussed, including implications for developing and enacting resilient and positive stepchild–stepparent relationships and future directions for researchers wanting to focus on positive family interaction.

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