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Blended Family Resilience: Communication Practices in Positive Adult Half Sibling Relationships

Abstract Blended families including half siblings (brothers/sisters who share only one biological parent, most likely a product of divorce and remarriage) are becoming increasingly prevalent in Western societies. Studies have determined the negative outcomes of sharing only one biological parent on familial relationships, but less so on how half siblings may be resilient in the wake of restructuration and cultivate positive relationships overtime and into adulthood. This study applied a systems and resilience perspective to understand how blended family structure influences this unique sibling dyad. This research includes two studies. First, seventeen older half siblings who define their current sibling relationship as positive participated in a ret... (more)
Created Date 2018
Contributor Oliver, Bailey Margaret (Author) / Alberts, Jess K (Advisor) / Waldron, Vincent R (Committee member) / Randall, Ashley K (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Communication / blended families / communication / family / qualitative research / relational maintenance / resilience
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 211 pages
Language English
Reuse Permissions All Rights Reserved
Note Doctoral Dissertation Communication 2018
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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