Couple Outcomes in Stepfamilies
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Stepfamilies are an increasingly common family structure which has been associated with unique challenges for couples early in their relationships. Previous research has shown that both children and couples within stepfamilies have poorer outcomes than those in first marriage (intact) families and that couples within stepfamilies break-up at much higher rates than couples in first marriage families. The present research consists of two studies that aimed to investigate these differential outcomes for stepfamily couples by examining the longitudinal relationship between a range of both couple and stepfamily specific variables and relationship satisfaction and stability. The broad aims of the research were to compare the relative contribution of general couple factors that have been found to be associated with relationship outcomes for first married couples as opposed to factors that are specific to stepfamilies.
Thesis (PhD Doctorate)
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (PhD ClinPsych)
School of Psychology
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