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Perceived understanding and self-disclosure in the stepparent-stepchild relationship.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10319448     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The relationship between self-disclosure and perceived understanding in the stepparent-stepchild relationship was investigated. Stepchildren (N = 165) completed a questionnaire about their communication with their stepparents. Participants reported on their self-disclosure (intentionality, amount, positiveness, depth, and honesty) and their feelings of being understood by their stepparents. The results showed that self-disclosure was positively related to perceived understanding. This was especially true for the relationship between honesty of self-disclosure and perceived understanding. Analyses involving gender of the individuals in the stepchild-stepparent dyad showed several differences. The relationship between self-disclosure and perceived understanding was more significant for stepdaughters than for stepsons.
M M Martin; C M Anderson; T P Mottet
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of psychology     Volume:  133     ISSN:  0022-3980     ISO Abbreviation:  J Psychol     Publication Date:  1999 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-06-07     Completed Date:  1999-06-07     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376332     Medline TA:  J Psychol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  281-90     Citation Subset:  IM    
Communication Studies Department, West Virginia University, Morgantown 26506-6293, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adoption / psychology*
Family Relations
Middle Aged
Parent-Child Relations*
Self Disclosure*
Social Perception*

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