Native American Stepfamilies: Children’s Expectations Concerning Their Residential Stepparents’ Behavior
Native Americans, stepchildren, stepfamily quality, stepfamily relationship
This study examined how a Native American stepchild’s expectations for their stepparents’ behavior associated with the stepfamily quality. The responses of Native Americans and multiracial Native Americans were compared to the general population in order to identify cultural differences that affect stepfamily quality. Data came from the Stepfamily Experience Project (STEP). Findings suggest that Native Americans differed from other races concerning stepfamily quality, stress from the stepfamily forming, a child’s expectation for a stepparent’s control behaviors, and a child’s relationship with their biological parent. For practical use, clinicians should consider Native American stepchildren’s expectations regarding their stepparent’s behaviors in order to better assess stepfamily quality and provide more effective services.
Original Publication Citation
Limb, G., *Cousin, L., & *Larkin, Z. (2019). Native American stepfamilies: Children’s expectations concerning their residential stepparent’s behavior. Journal of Social Service Research. DOI: 10.1080/01488376.2018.1532945
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Limb, Gordon; Cousin, Lauren Elise; and Larkin, Zachary, "Native American Stepfamilies: Children’s Expectations Concerning Their Residential Stepparents’ Behavior" (2019). Faculty Publications. 3099.
Journal of Social Service Research
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
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