Communicative and relational dimensions of shared family identity and relational intentions in mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationships: Developing a conceptual model for mother-in-law/daughter-in-law research

Christine Rittenour, Jordan Soliz

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From the perspective of daughters-in-law (N=190), this study examined communicative and relational factors associated with positive and negative mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationships. A structural model tested perceptions of shared family identity as a mediator between communicative factors (supportive communication, nonaccommodation, self-disclosure), family-of-origin factors, and daughter-in-law intentions regarding caregiving and future contact with the mother-in-law. Further, open-ended responses were content analyzed to identify additional relational aspects associated with satisfying mother-in-law relationships. Results from both analyses were integrated into a conceptual model to guide future research on this relationship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-90
Number of pages24
JournalWestern Journal of Communication
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2009



  • Accommodation
  • Caregiving
  • Daughter-In-Law
  • In-Law Relationships
  • Intergroup
  • Mother-In-Law
  • Shared Family Identity
  • Support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Communication

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