Stepchildren’s Perceptions of the Contradictions in Communication with Stepparents

  title={Stepchildren’s Perceptions of the Contradictions in Communication with Stepparents},
  author={Leslie A. Baxter and Dawn O. Braithwaite and Leah E. Bryant and Amy Wagner},
  journal={Journal of Social and Personal Relationships},
  pages={447 - 467}
This interpretive study, framed in relational dialectics theory, sought to identify stepchildren’s perceptions of the contradictions that animate communication with the stepparent in their household of primary residence. In-depth interviews were conducted, producing 802 pages of double-spaced interview transcripts, which were analyzed inductively for commonly experienced contradictions of stepchild-stepparent communication. Three underlying contradictions were identified. First, stepchild… 
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