This study is a cross-sectional analysis of stepmothers from a Midwestern community in South Dakota. In this study, the relationships among six sets of variables are analyzed. The dependent variable is stepmother self-role incongruence index. The independent variables along with the strength of relationship in regards to stepmother self-role incongruence, are as follows; role ambiguity index (.393), anticipatory socialization index (-.203), wicked stepmother index (494), stepfamily/stepparent unfavorability index (.288), and a spousal disagreement index (.241). Hypothesis testing supported the hypotheses introduced in this study. Multiple regression analysis identified wicked stepmother beliefs as the best predictor of stepmother self-role incongruence (Beta = .355). Elaboration analysis revealed that the greater stepmother's anticipatory socialization the lesser the belief the wicked stepmother, and the lower the level of self-role incongruence.
Karsky, Jason L.; Arwood, Donald E.; and Ceglian, Cindi Penor
"Stepmother Self-Role Incongruency in the Newly Formed Family: An Analysis of Stepmothers in the Great Plains,"
Great Plains Sociologist: Vol. 12:
1, Article 5.
Available at: https://openprairie.sdstate.edu/greatplainssociologist/vol12/iss1/5