Stepmothers' perceptions and experiences of the wicked stepmother stereotype

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Show simple item record Miller, A en Cartwright, Patricia en Gibson, Kerry en 2018-10-15T21:15:23Z en 2018 en
dc.identifier.issn 1552-5481 en
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dc.description.abstract Stepfamilies are a common family form. Despite this, negative stereotypes of stepfamilies, and in particular, stepmothers still exist. This study used qualitative methods to examine stepmothers’ experiences of the wicked stepmother stereotype. One hundred and thirty-four stepmothers living in New Zealand completed an online questionnaire about their experiences of the stereotype and strategies for coping. The majority of stepmothers reported awareness of or identification with the stereotype in salient stepfamily situations. These included situations in which they judged themselves according to gendered expectations of motherhood. They also perceived they were stereotyped by stepchildren, stepchildren’s mothers, and social institutions. They reported a number of cognitive and behavioral strategies for coping with the stigma attached to the wicked stepmother stereotype, including seeking support, using humor, adopting a resistant attitude, engaging in strategies designed to minimize the relevance of the stereotype, and concealment. en
dc.publisher SAGE Publications en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Family Issues en
dc.rights Items in ResearchSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated. Previously published items are made available in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. en
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dc.title Stepmothers' perceptions and experiences of the wicked stepmother stereotype en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/0192513X17739049 en
pubs.issue 7 en
pubs.begin-page 1984 en
pubs.volume 39 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.end-page 2006 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 715958 en Science en Psychology en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2017-11-20 en 2017-11-17 en

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