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dc.contributor.advisorHess, Jon A.en
dc.contributor.authorPrentice, Carolyn M.en_US
dc.date.issued2005eng
dc.date.submitted2005 Summeren
dc.descriptionThe entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file.en_US
dc.descriptionTitle from title screen of research.pdf file viewed on (July 18, 2006)en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.descriptionVita.en_US
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph. D.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2005.en_US
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Communication.en_US
dc.description.abstractIn this study, 42 participants (including newlyweds, parents of newlyweds, and siblings of newlyweds) were interviewed about their relationships with their in-laws. Most of the participants reported that they liked their in-laws and wanted to maintain good relationships with them, while only four of the participants reported problematic inlaw relationships. However, participants reported differing levels of discomfort with their in-laws when their routines differed for everyday life, holiday celebrations, religious practice, gift-giving, and interpersonal interactions. Families rarely communicated their routines directly. Instead they continued with their everyday routines and expected the newcomer to fit in. The newcomers found it easy to adjust to some routines that were similar to their own, but they felt confused or rebellious in response to other routines. The newcomers attempted to create roles for themselves in their spouse's families, and sometimes both the newcomer and the family of the spouse learned new values, created new routines, and found new ways to interact. Participants also reported that tensions existed between the married couple and their larger families regarding how much time the couple should spend with their families. These findings suggest that problematic inlaw relationships may be due to differences in family routines and communication patterns.en_US
dc.identifier.merlin.b55902455en_US
dc.identifier.otherPrenticeC-070605-D2460en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/4176
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
dc.relation.ispartof2005 Freely available dissertations (MU)en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Dissertations. 2005 Dissertations
dc.subject.lcshParents-in-law -- Family relationshipsen_US
dc.subject.lcshCommunicationen_US
dc.titleThe assimilation of in-laws: the impact of newcomers on the structuration of familiesen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineCommunicationen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
thesis.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en_US


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