Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849.
An Interactive Web-Based Program for Stepfamilies: Development and Evaluation of Efficacy
Article first published online: 2 NOV 2010
© 2010 by the National Council on Family Relations
Volume 59, Issue 5, pages 572–586, December 2010
How to Cite
Gelatt, V. A., Adler-Baeder, F. and Seeley, J. R. (2010), An Interactive Web-Based Program for Stepfamilies: Development and Evaluation of Efficacy. Family Relations, 59: 572–586. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2010.00624.x
Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, OR.
- Issue published online: 2 NOV 2010
- Article first published online: 2 NOV 2010
- at-risk children and families;
- divorce and remarriage;
- family life education;
- family stress and conflict;
- stepparent education
This study evaluated the efficacy of a family life education program for stepfamilies that is self-administered, interactive, and web-based. The program uses behavior-modeling videos to demonstrate effective couple, parenting, and stepparenting practices. A diverse sample of 300 parents/stepparents of a child aged 11–15 years were randomized into either treatment or delayed-access control groups. Findings suggest that participation in the stepfamily education program positively influenced several key areas of parenting and family functioning at postprogram and follow-up. No gender differences were noted in the findings.