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CHAPTER IV RESULTS

Introduction

1 (T)

email

10/29/02

5.5 hours

2 (J)

IM

11/18/02

2.25 hours (included follow-up)

3 (D)

email

11/26/02

3.0 hours (included follow-up)

4 (L)

IM

12/21/02

3.0 hours

5 (B)

IM

12/23/02

2.0 hours

This study included five individual interviews. All respondents were recruited from notices at the Stepfamily Association of America website (see Appendix A). The interviews were conducted via the Internet: Three of the interviews were conducted via “Instant Messenger” (IM) and two via email. The total length of each interview varied from two hours to approximately 5.5 hours.

Table 4.1 – Interview Format Data

Respondent Meth

od

Date

Length of Interview

All respondents were heterosexual females, currently married, ranging in age from 30 to 49 years old. Length of their current marriages ranged from 2.3 to 22 years. Three of the respondents were in second marriages, one in her third and one in her fourth marriage. The women varied in educational level, from high school graduate to post- baccalaureate education, and their household income varied from the “$20,000 to $39,999” range to “$100,000+” per year. Geographic location of the respondents varied widely, including the southern, mid-western and western regions of the United States.

The respondents all were biological mothers, in addition to being stepmothers. Two shared a child with the current spouse: one through the stepfather’s adoption of the respondent’s biological son, another wherein both partners were the biological parents.

Ratings on the screening questionnaire regarding “perceived threat to the relationship” of their “most difficult” stepcouple problem ranged from 6 to 10 on a scale of 1 through 10. Note that respondents selected for an interview must have rated their most salient problems as a “5” or higher.

Resp.

Table 4.2 – Respondent Data Sex Age Threat # Yrs. M’d. Mar. # “Ours”? # Bio/Step Children

2

nd

4

th

2

nd

2

nd

3

rd

1(T)

F

30

6.0

5.5

2(J)

F

38

10.0

6.0

3(D)

F

49

8.0

22.0

4(L)

F

43

8.0

2.5

5(B)

F

43

7.5

2.3

Y* N Y** N N

1/2 5/3 2 / 5*** 2/2 2/2

  • *

    respondent’s biological son adopted by spouse

** respondent and spouse had biological child together *** one of respondent’s stepsons is deceased

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