Family Communication: Cohesion and Change

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  • Edition: 7th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/1/2008
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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Family Communication: Cohesion and Changeexamines the communication processes within families and how they affect and are affected by larger social systems. By viewing the family as a communication system with identifiable patterns, the authors encourage the reader to observe family interaction patterns analytically and relate communication theories to family interaction. Using a framework of family functions, first-person narratives, and current research,Family Communication: Cohesion and Changeemphasizes the diversity of today's families in terms of structure, ethnic patterns, and developmental experiences.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Family Families: Definitional Issues Families: Current Status Conclusion
Framework for Family Communication
The Communication Process Communication Patterns and Family Functions
A Framework for Examining Family Communication Conclusion
In review
Family Theories The Systems Perspective Social Constructionism and Symbolic Interaction Dialectical Theory Narrative Theory
A Final Note
In Review
Communication Patterns and the Creation of Family Meanings Relational Cultures` Communication Patterns
That Influence Family Meanings
In Review
Closeness and Intimacy within Families Relational Maintenance
Rituals Relational Currencies
Narratives Relationship Development and Intimacy Barriers to Intimacy
In Review
Communication and Family Roles and Types Role Definition Specific
Role Functions
Role Appropriation Couple and Family Typologies
In Review
Power, Influence and Decision Making Power Influence
Decision Making
In Review
Communication and Family Conflict
The Process of Conflict Factors in Family
Destructive Conflict
Constructive Conflict
Unresolved Conflict
In Review
Communication and Family Stress: Developmental Issues
Overview of Family Change
Family Stages and Life Course Transitions between Stages
In Review
Communication and Unpredictable Stress
Unpredictable Stress and Family Coping Patterns Communication and Specific Crises
In Review
Contextual Dimensions of Family Communication Factors of Family Context
The Home World: Outside and Inside Family Fit and Environment
In Review
Family Communication and Well-Being Family Communication and Health Perspectives on Well-Functioning Families Approaches for Improving Family Communication
A Final Word Conclusion
In Review
Name Index
Subject Index
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