CitationJensen, Todd M. & Weller, Bridget E. (2018). Latent profiles of residential stepfamily relationship quality and family stability. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage.
AbstractABSTRACTStepfamilies are an increasingly common context in which adults and children reside. Past research has examined family processes that promote family resilience, such as dyadic relationships marked by warmth, positive communication, satisfaction, and closeness. What remains less clear is whether various profiles of dyadic relationship quality within stepfamilies exist and operate to influence stepfamily stability. Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health, we conducted a latent profile analysis of mother?child, stepfather?child, and stepcouple relationship quality among a sample of 1,646 adolescents residing in married and cohabiting mother?stepfather families. Results favor a 4-profile solution, labeled high-quality, high-quality couple relationship, high-quality parent?child relationships, and low-quality. The identified latent profiles displayed differences with respect to family stability, or rates of remaining an intact family system 1 year later.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleJournal of Divorce and Remarriage
Author(s)Jensen, Todd M.
Weller, Bridget E.