MA (Master of Arts)
Communication and Storytelling Studies
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Christine K. Anzur
Amber E. Kinser, Kelly A. Dorgan
The present study utilizes the relational turbulence model (RTM) to illuminate stepparent experiences of relational uncertainty and partner interference within the context of the stepparent-biological parent marriage. In-depth, semi-structured interviews with 6 stepparents revealed four primary themes pertaining to how stepparents experienced relational uncertainty: (a) enactment of parenting, (b) competing expectations, (c) shifts in attitude and behavior by spouse, and (d) differences between marriage partners. Interference from partners was experienced by stepparents in relation to the enactment of parenting and the maintaining of the marriage as an intimate relationship.
Thesis - unrestricted
Taylor, Paul, "“A Lot of Prayer, and Some Wine In-Between”: Applying the relational turbulence model to the stepparent-biological parent marriage." (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 3728. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/3728
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