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Dr. Francesca Adler-Baeder
Human Development and Family Studies
263 Spidle Hall, Auburn University
Auburn, Alabama 36849
francesca@auburn.edu

 

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Publications

An Examination of Gender Role Attitude Change Patterns Among Continuously Married, Divorced, and Remarried Individuals

Lucier-Greer, M. & Adler-Baeder, F. (2011). An examination of gender role attitude change patterns among continuously married, divorced, and remarried individuals. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 52, 225-243. doi: 10.1080/10502556.2011.556977

Divorce & RemarriageAbstract: Gender role attitudes influence marital satisfaction and stability and are typically treated as stable traits in adulthood. Analyses from a longitudinal, nationally representative U.S. sample of 590 married individuals who vary in their marital experiences revealed both period effects and distinct within-group change patterns. Over a 20-year time period all demonstrate a shift toward more egalitarian attitudes.

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Community Education Programs Serving Couples in Stepfamilies: A Qualitative Study of Format, Content, and Service Delivery

Adler-Baeder, F., Robertson, A., & Schramm, D.G. (2010). Community education programs serving couples in stepfamilies: A qualitative study of format, content, and service delivery. Journal of Extension, 48 (1).

Journal of ExtensionAbstract: This article examines current efforts to provide community education programs for couples in stepfamilies. Results indicate that despite the prevalence of stepfamily couples in our communities and their unique needs in relationship programs, a dearth of current offerings exist.

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Conceptual Framework for Marriage Education Programs for Stepfamily Couples with Considerations for Socioeconomic Context

Adler-Baeder, F. Robertson, A., Schramm, D. G. (2010). Conceptual framework for Marriage Education programs for stepfamily couples with considerations for socioeconomic context. Marriage and Family Review, 46 (4), 300-322.

Abstract: This article builds on previous reviews that have offered information on important research themes and assessment of available curricula for stepfamily couples and presents a more comprehensive conceptual model to guide program design and services for stepfamily couples inclusive of specific objectives, as well as conditions and antecedents affecting content and prioritized needs.

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Enhancing Knowledge and Agreement Among Ethically and Economically Diverse Couples in Stepfamilies with the Smart Steps: Embrace the Journey

Higginbotham, B. & Adler-Baeder, F. (2010). Enhancing knowledge and agreement among ethnically and economically diverse couples in stepfamilies with the Smart Steps: Embrace the Journey Program. Journal of Extension, 48 (1).

Journal of ExtensionAbstract: Because of unique challenges associated with stepfamily living, couples in stepfamilies have distinct educational needs. Results from 195 ethnically and economically diverse participants attending Smart Steps classes at 11 different sites suggest that Smart Steps is effective in enhancing knowledge and agreement on stepfamily issues such as finances, parenting, and co-parenting with ex-partners.

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The Impact of Relationship Education on Adolescents from Diverse Backgrounds

Adler-Baeder., F., Kerpelman, J., Higginbotham, B.,* Schramm, D.,* & Paulk, A.* (2007). The impact of relationship education on adolescents from diverse backgrounds. Family Relations, 56. 291-303.

Family RelationsAbstract: Using a quasi-experimental design, this study examined the effectiveness of an adapted version of the curriculum entitled, Love U2: Increasing Your Relationship Smarts with an economically, geographically, and racially diverse sample of 340 high school students. Findings suggest that participants showed increases in 5 dimensions of their relationship knowledge, including their ability to identify unhealthy relationship patterns.

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Marriage Education for Stepcouples

Adler-Baeder, F., Erickson, M. & Higginbotham, B.J. (2007). Marriage education for stepcouples. The Forum for Family and Consumer Issues, 12 (1).

Forum for Family and Consumer IssuesAbstract: From a review of the literature, we present prevalent issues and factors associated with healthy couple functioning in stepfamilies for marriage educators and practitioners. Information is offered on such implementation issues as guiding theoretical perspectives, program content, learning objectives, facilitator and participant characteristics, and recruitment for work with couples in stepfamilies.

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What's Love Got to Do With It? The Role of Healthy Couple Relationships

Adler-Baeder, F., Shirer, K., and Bradford, A. (2007). What's love got to do with it? The role of healthy couple relationships. The Forum for Family and Consumer Issues, 12 (1).

Forum for Family and Consumer IssuesAbstract: With both the demand and the need for relationship and marriage education, consideration should be given to providing effective programming that is both research informed as well as research validated. The research clearly indicates the ways in which healthy couple/marital functioning benefits individuals, children, and communities. Conversely, unhealthy couple relationships and marriages are clearly linked, both directly and indirectly, to adverse individual, family, and community outcomes.

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What Do We Know About the Physical Abuse of Stepchildren? A Review of the Literature

Adler-Baeder, F. (2006). What Do We Know About the Physical Abuse of Stepchildren? A Review of the Literature. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 44(3). 67-82.

Divorce & RemarriageAbstract: Assumptions of the increased risk for stepchildren of physical abuse by a stepparent are based on a very limited and increasingly outdated literature. The following provides summaries of the studies' research questions, theoretical foundations, methods, and findings.

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The Prevalence of Marital Transitions Among Military Families

Adler-Baeder, F., Pittman, J., &Taylor, L. (2006). The prevalence of marital transitions among military families. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 44(1). 91-106.

Divorce & RemarriageAbsract: Department of Defense (DoD) surveys were examined to develop a demographic profile of military families affected by divorce and remarriage. It appears that a substantial portion of military personnel have experienced divorce, are in remarriages, and have nonresidential children, particularly given the young average age of military personnel. Compared to the U.S. population, service members marry, divorce, and remarry earlier.

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