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Author: Jensen, Todd M.
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1. Jensen, Todd M.
Shafer, Kevin M.
Stepfamily Functioning and Closeness: Children's Views on Second Marriages and Stepfather Relationships
Social Work 58,2 (April 2013): 127-136.
Cohort(s): Children of the NLSY79, NLSY79, NLSY79 Young Adult
Publisher: National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Keyword(s): Attitudes; Child Self-Administered Supplement (CSAS); Divorce; Family Decision-making/Conflict; Family Structure; Fathers; Gender Differences; Marital Status; Parent-Child Interaction; Parent-Child Relationship/Closeness; Parenting Skills/Styles; Religion; Stepfamilies

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Current research on stepfamily well-being often overlooks the perspective of children, and deals primarily with factors as reported by the adults involved. The authors examine a number of family role characteristics, parental subsystem characteristics, and resources that might influence how children perceive the quality of their stepfamily relationships. A sample of 1,088 children in households with a mother and stepfather, ages 10 to 16 years, in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, 1979 cohort—Children and Young Adult Sample, is used for the analyses. Results indicate that open communication between children and their mothers, low amounts of arguing between mothers and stepfathers, along with agreement on parenting, and gender, all affect the closeness children report having with their stepfathers. Conclusions, limitations, and clinical implications are discussed.
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Jensen, Todd M. and Kevin M. Shafer. "Stepfamily Functioning and Closeness: Children's Views on Second Marriages and Stepfather Relationships." Social Work 58,2 (April 2013): 127-136.