The assimilation of in-laws: the impact of newcomers on the structuration of families

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The assimilation of in-laws: the impact of newcomers on the structuration of families

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dc.contributor.advisor Hess, Jon A. en
dc.contributor.author Prentice, Carolyn M. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-06T21:20:09Z
dc.date.available 2010-01-06T21:20:09Z
dc.date.issued 2005 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2005 Summer en
dc.identifier.other PrenticeC-070605-D2460 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/4176
dc.description The 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.description Title from title screen of research.pdf file viewed on (July 18, 2006) en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description Vita. en_US
dc.description Thesis (Ph. D.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2005. en_US
dc.description Dissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Communication. en_US
dc.description.abstract In 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.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
dc.relation.ispartof 2005 Freely available dissertations (MU) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Parents-in-law -- Family relationships en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Communication en_US
dc.title The assimilation of in-laws: the impact of newcomers on the structuration of families en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Communication en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
thesis.degree.name Ph. D. en_US
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en_US
dc.identifier.merlin .b55902455 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Dissertations. 2005 Dissertations


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