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dc.contributor.authorSayre, Julia Baileyen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:31:34Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:31:34Z
dc.date.issued2003-01-29en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-02072003-122917en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/31161
dc.description.abstractThis study examined stepcouple relationships through the framework of attachment injury. Specifically, this inquiry explored whether or not individuals who are part of a stepcouple describe relational experiences that are similar to the patterns of attachment injury; and if so, whether or not these experiences are directly attributable to stepfamily formation and maintenance. Attachment theory and existing research regarding both attachment injury and stepfamily formation contributed to the development of core interview questions. Using a multiple-case qualitative research design, interviews were conducted with five women who were both biological and stepmothers in a stepcouple relationship. The pattern matching method of data analysis was used to explore for markers of attachment injury in the stepcouple relationships. The context of the womenâ s stories, as well as direct questions, enabled consideration of the attribution of the attachment injury markers to stepfamily formation. The respondents in this study described experiences that matched the patterns of attachment injury. In each case, at least some of the markers for attachment injury were directly attributable to the relationship difficulties these women encountered in forming and maintaining their stepfamily. Patterns of attachment injury were identified that would not have occurred had the respondents not been part of a stepcouple. These findings hold implications for continued exploration of stepcouples and the mitigation of stepfamily problems through the theoretical framework of attachment and attachment injury.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartJBSayreThesis.PDFen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectAttachment Injuryen_US
dc.subjectStepmotheren_US
dc.subjectStepfamilyen_US
dc.subjectAttachmenten_US
dc.subjectStepcoupleen_US
dc.title"An Outsider in my Own Home": Women's Perceptions of the Markers of Attachment Injury in Stepcouple Relationshipsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentHuman Developmenten_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairMcCollum, Eric E.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberRosen, Karen H.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMillikin, John W.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-02072003-122917/en_US
dc.date.sdate2003-02-07en_US
dc.date.rdate2004-03-05
dc.date.adate2003-03-05en_US


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