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Weekend Warriors: Autonomy-Connection and Openness-Closedness Relational Dialectical Tensions and Coping Strategies of Marital Partners in Nonresidential Stepfamilies

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The purpose of this study was to examine the classical and unique relationship tensions marital partners of nonresidential stepfamilies experience. Grounded in relational dialectical theory, transcripts from interviews of five nonresidential stepfamily couples were analyzed using qualitative content analysis to search for and identify Autonomy-Connection and Openness-Closedness dialectical tensions experienced and coping strategies utilized by the participants. Relational dialectical tensions were illustrated in every interview. Tensions were present not only between the relationship partners, but also in regard to the nonresidential children. Participants utilized a variety of coping strategies to deal with the relationship tensions experienced in their marriage within a nonresidential stepfamily setting.

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Dialectical Tensions, Stepfamily, Nonresidential, Marital Partners
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DeGreeff, Becky. "Weekend Warriors: Autonomy-Connection and Openness-Closedness Relational Dialectical Tensions and Coping Strategies of Marital Partners in Nonresidential Stepfamilies" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the NCA 94th Annual Convention, TBA, San Diego, CA, Nov 20, 2008 <Not Available>. 2014-11-30 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p258888_index.html>

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DeGreeff, B. L. , 2008-11-20 "Weekend Warriors: Autonomy-Connection and Openness-Closedness Relational Dialectical Tensions and Coping Strategies of Marital Partners in Nonresidential Stepfamilies" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the NCA 94th Annual Convention, TBA, San Diego, CA Online <PDF>. 2014-11-30 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p258888_index.html

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Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the classical and unique relationship tensions marital partners of nonresidential stepfamilies experience. Grounded in relational dialectical theory, transcripts from interviews of five nonresidential stepfamily couples were analyzed using qualitative content analysis to search for and identify Autonomy-Connection and Openness-Closedness dialectical tensions experienced and coping strategies utilized by the participants. Relational dialectical tensions were illustrated in every interview. Tensions were present not only between the relationship partners, but also in regard to the nonresidential children. Participants utilized a variety of coping strategies to deal with the relationship tensions experienced in their marriage within a nonresidential stepfamily setting.


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