An examination of everyday talk in stepfamily systems

Paul Schrodt, Dawn O. Braithwaite, Jordan Soliz, Stacy Tye-Williams, Aimee Miller, Emily Lamb Normand, Meredith Marko Harrigan

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This study explored frequencies of everyday talk in stepfamilies and the extent to which such frequencies of talk differed according to family relationship type. Participants included a parent, stepparent, and stepchild from 114 stepfamilies. Across relationship types, stepfamily members reported catching up, joking around, and recapping the day's events most frequently and interrogating family members least frequently. Significant differences in frequencies of everyday talk across different relational dyads emerged for all three members of the stepfamily system. However, relatively few differences emerged in stepchildren's reported frequencies of everyday talk with their stepparents and their nonresidential parents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)216-234
Number of pages19
JournalWestern Journal of Communication
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2007


  • Conflict
  • Everyday talk
  • Nonresidential parents
  • Stepfamilies
  • Stepparent-stepchild relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics


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