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Stepfather-Stepson Relational Study

Filed under: Boys / Youth / Education,Child Support,General — Sebastian N. @ 1:49 pm Thu 27th July 2017

Hi, my name is Sebastian Nunez and I’m a Psychology Honours student at AUT. As part of my dissertation, I am exploring the perspectives of stepfathers on building positive relationships with their stepsons (with the help of my supervisors Rhoda Scherman and Warwick Pudney).

As a stepson myself, I found the information on the topic is usually limited to the child/adolescent perspective, and I would like to shed some light on what stepfathers think, feel, and experience when developing a good relationship with their stepsons.

If you (or anyone you know) are over 18, have a good relationship with their stepson(s), and have an hour of your time to share your thoughts and experiences, your participation will be greatly appreciated. The “interview” (guided by what you consider to be important to discuss) will be conducted in a place, time and format convenient to you. Participation is completely confidential and voluntary (can withdraw at any point before write up), and a koha will be given as appreciation of your time.

If you would like to participate or know more information about this research, please contact me at [email protected]

I look forward to hearing from you.



  1. Good luck with your research.
    Important subject as there is issues of negative behaviours that seem to be taking place especially with the very young children and new stepfathers.
    I think you will find significant differences with the results due to the age the children when the relationship started.
    Also if the child had bad experiences with the father, and just as importantly if the child’s relationship with the father is really good possibly causing rejection of the stepfather.
    Sorry that I was a stepfather for a short time but it was long ago so my memories would not be good enough for your study.
    An irony to your study is that due to paternity fraud is that many fathers are in fact stepfathers.

    Comment by DJ Ward — Fri 28th July 2017 @ 6:12 pm

  2. Thank you DJ!
    You are correct, both age and father(bio)-child interactions are definitively significant variables affecting stepfather-child relationships.
    If you’d like to contribute to the study you can, memory is not an issue. I’m interested in your experiences and beliefs on what is important/significant in building a good relationship with a step-son, from your perspective as a “lived-it” expert. It’s not an interview as such; you share what you do remember or what you deem important/essential knowledge to share. In saying that please don’t feel pressured.
    Thank you again for your positive wishes!

    Comment by Sebastian N. — Wed 2nd August 2017 @ 12:40 pm

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