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Stepfather-Stepson Communication

Social Support in Stepfamily Worlds


Jonathan Pettigrew

This book offers a novel analysis of communication in stepfather-stepson relationships and is one of the first to examine the ways stepfathers communicate and to integrate the perspectives of adolescents into research on stepfamily communication. In order to understand the complex dynamics of stepfamilies, Jonathan Pettigrew presents six case studies of different families. They are written as engaging narratives – including interviews – that offer flavorful accounts of family members and their relationships with each other. Pettigrew then looks across cases to identify, describe, and examine patterns of stepfather support. This book builds upon current understandings of stepfamily life by providing a descriptive and heuristic model of supportive stepfather-stepson communication, making it valuable for those who study and work with families.
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Pettigrew, Jonathan.

Stepfather-stepson communication: social support in stepfamily worlds / Jonathan Pettigrew.pages cm. — (Lifespan communication: children, families, and aging; vol. 3) Includes bibliographical references and index. 1. Stepfamilies. 2. Stepfathers. 3. Stepchildren. 4. Fathers and sons. 5. Interpersonal communication. I. Title.

HQ759.92.P46 306.874’7—dc23 2013028598 ISBN 978-1-4331-2432-7 (hardcover)

ISBN 978-1-4539-1197-6 (e-book)

ISSN 2166-6466

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