OBJECTIVE: Good parent-child communication is associated with adolescent well-being. The aim of the present study was to report time trends in parent- adolescent communication in biological and stepfamilies in the Czech Republic between an. 14 Jul factors existing prior to stepfamily formation are associated with the quality of stepfather–adolescent ties within the first year after married stepfathers join the household. Results from structural equation models revealed that both the quality of the mother–adolescent relationship and adolescent adjustment. (first pattern). The Czech Republic, East Germany and Hungary constitute an intermediate group. (second pattern), while Poland and Lithuania (third pattern) form a group with very few second unions and very few stepfamilies. In all the studied Western countries women were less likely to have had children in the eventually.