"Becoming a family": developmental processes represented in blended family discourse

  title={"Becoming a family": developmental processes represented in blended family discourse},
  author={Dawn O. Braithwaite and Loreen N. Olson and Tamara D. Golish and Charles Soukup and Paul D. Turman},
  journal={Journal of Applied Communication Research},
  pages={221 - 247}
We adopted a process-focus in order to gain a deeper understanding of how (step) blended family members experiencing different developmental pathways discursively represented their processes of becoming a family. Using a qualitative/interpretive method, we analyzed 980 pages of interview transcripts with stepparents and stepchildren. We studied the first four years of family development, using the five developmental pathways developed by Baxter, Braithwaite, and Nicholson (1999). Three salient… 

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