Stepchildren’s Communicative and Emotional Journey from Divorce to Remarriage: Predictors of Stepfamily Satisfaction

Sandra M. Metts, Paul Schrodt, Dawn O. Braithwaite

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Abstract

This study explores the emotional and communicative profiles of young adults who have experienced a parental divorce and the emergence of a stepfamily to better understand influences on stepfamily satisfaction. Results of regression analyses indicate that strong negative emotions experienced at the time of the divorce are a negative predictor of current stepfamily satisfaction, even after controlling for age at the time of the divorce. In addition, level of open self-disclosure to a stepparent, although not parents, is a positive predictor of current stepfamily satisfaction. Finally, the extent to which the father has now fully explained the circumstances of the divorce is a positive predictor of current stepfamily satisfaction, whereas the extent to which mother has now fully explained the circumstances of the divorce is a negative predictor of current stepfamily satisfaction. These findings are discussed and future directions for research on stepfamily interaction and satisfaction are offered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-43
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Divorce and Remarriage
Volume58
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2 2017

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Keywords

  • Divorce
  • emotion
  • expression
  • self-disclosure
  • stepchildren
  • stepfamilies
  • stepparents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Law

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