Perceptions of boundary ambiguity and parentification effects on family satisfaction, family support, and perceived stress in young adults of divorced families

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dc.contributor.author Andsager, Kaylee en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2015-04-23T16:21:23Z
dc.date.available 2015-04-23T16:21:23Z
dc.date.issued 2015-04-23
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/19008
dc.description.abstract Using a sample of 109 students at a Midwestern university with divorced or separated parents I explored a) how sibling order and young adults’ age at parental divorce or separation impacted their experience of boundary ambiguity, parentification, stress, and family satisfaction and support, b) whether parentification mediated the effects of boundary ambiguity on stress, family support and family satisfaction, and c) whether sibling order moderated the relationship between these variables. I found that the child’s age at parental divorce/separation was positively correlated with boundary ambiguity, and negatively correlated with parentification, stress, family satisfaction, and social support. First or only children reported higher rates of parentification, specifically taking on a spousal role with their parents than younger siblings. Further, in divorced/separated families boundary ambiguity was positively related to young adults’ stress and negatively related to their levels of family satisfaction and family support both directly and indirectly through parentification. However, sibling order was not found to moderate the relationships between boundary ambiguity, parentification, family support, family satisfaction, and stress. Implications for theory and intervention are discussed. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject Boundary ambiguity en_US
dc.subject Parentification en_US
dc.subject Sibling order en_US
dc.subject Stress en_US
dc.subject Divorce en_US
dc.subject Family en_US
dc.title Perceptions of boundary ambiguity and parentification effects on family satisfaction, family support, and perceived stress in young adults of divorced families en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Science en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department School of Family Studies and Human Services en_US
dc.description.advisor Amber Vennum en_US
dc.subject.umi Psychology (0621) en_US
dc.date.published 2015 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth May en_US


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