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Date of Award


Degree Type

Dissertation (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Committee Chair

Donald Fromme

Second Advisor

Maryka Biaggio


This study investigated the stability over time of themes in the experiences of
biological parents, stepparents and adolescents in stepfamilies. Twelve adolescents, 10 stepparents, and 9 biological parents from 10 stepfamilies that
participated in a qualitative study completed follow-up questionnaires that sought
to determine if the themes found in the earlier study were still present in their
stepfamilies four years later. The results indicated areas that remained stable
over time and areas of positive change and adjustment. The results also suggested the need for further research about the specific factors that shape
adjustment to stepfamilies.