Adolescents' Perceptions of Family Belonging in Stepfamilies

Valarie King, Lisa M. Boyd, Maggie L. Thorsen

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Abstract

Prior research has established that adolescents' perceptions of family belonging are associated with a range of well-being indicators and that adolescents in stepfamilies report lower levels of family belonging than adolescents in two-biological-parent families. Yet, we know little regarding what factors are associated with adolescents' perceptions of family belonging in stepfamilies. Guided by family systems theory, the authors addressed this issue by using nationally representative data (Add Health) to examine the associations between family characteristics and adolescents' perceptions of family belonging in stepfather families (N=2,085). Results from structural equation models revealed that both the perceived quality of the stepfather-adolescent relationship and in particular the perceived quality of the mother-adolescent relationship were the factors most strongly associated with feelings of family belonging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)761-774
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Volume77
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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