The divorce decree, communication, and the structuration of coparenting relationships in stepfamilies

Paul Schrodt, Leslie A. Baxter, M. Chad McBride, Dawn O. Braithwaite, Mark A. Fine

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Abstract

Using Giddens's (1984) structuration theory, this study explored the communicative processes surrounding the divorce decree in coparenting relationships in stepfamilies. Participants included 21 adults who were coparenting children in stepfamilies who completed diary entries of all interactions with coparents over a 2-week period, and who completed follow-up interviews. Results revealed two structures of signification with respect to the divorce decree that enabled and constrained coparenting interactions. The first signification structure was one in which the decree was framed as a legal document, dictating the rights and responsibilities of parenting, especially with respect to child access and financial issues. The second signification structure was one in which the decree was viewed as a negotiating guide for more informal coparental decision-making processes. Copytight

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)741-759
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2006

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  • Social Psychology

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The divorce decree, communication, and the structuration of coparenting relationships in stepfamilies. / Schrodt, Paul; Baxter, Leslie A.; McBride, M. Chad; Braithwaite, Dawn O.; Fine, Mark A.

In: Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Vol. 23, No. 5, 10.2006, p. 741-759.

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Schrodt, Paul ; Baxter, Leslie A. ; McBride, M. Chad ; Braithwaite, Dawn O. ; Fine, Mark A. / The divorce decree, communication, and the structuration of coparenting relationships in stepfamilies. In: Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. 2006 ; Vol. 23, No. 5. pp. 741-759.
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