Perspectives on Family Communication

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November 5, 2012


Paperback, 480 pages


0073406821 / 9780073406824


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Main description

Emphasizing the role that communication plays in both creating and solving family issues, Perspectives on Family Communication thoroughly reflects the explosion of research literature in the area of family communication. Now in its fourth successful edition, the text continues to emphasize the role that communication plays in the evolution of family issues. Throughout, the text examines a wide variety of contemporary family types and supports this examination with current research and practical examples.

Table of contents

PrefaceTo the StudentPart 1. PRACTICAL AND THEORETICAL CONSIDERATIONSChapter 1. Providing DefinitionsFamily CultureDefining the FamilyFamily Communication PerspectiveCultural and Demographic Trends Affecting the FamilyFrom Tradition to Transition: Family Types in the United StatesSummaryKey TermsQuestions for ReflectionChapter 2. Providing Theoretical FrameworksThe Definition of TheoryIntellectual TraditionsThe Theoretical Assumptions Underlying this TextFamily TheoriesMethods of InquirySummaryKey TermsQuestions for ReflectionPart 2. Family InteractionsChapter 3. EXAMINING STRUCTURE: ROLES AND RULESRoles and Family CommunicationRules and Family CommunicationSummaryKey TermsQuestions for ReflectionChapter 4. SOCIETAL CONTEXT FOR COMMUNICATIONTelevised Messages About FamiliesWomen’s and Men’s Movements and Their Influence on FamiliesGovernment and the FamilySummaryKey TermsQuestions for ReflectionChapter 5. Communicating IntimacyInterpreting Intimacy and Closeness Culture and IntimacyExplaining Intimacy in Family CommunicationExpressing Intimacy in the FamilySummaryKey TermsQuestions for ReflectionChapter 6 TELLING STORIES AND MAKING MEANINGUnderstanding Family StoriesFunctions of Family StoriesTypes of Family StoriesOther Meaning-Making PracticesSummaryKey TermsQuestions for ReflectionChapter 7. Expressing Conflict, Power, and ViolenceConflict, Power, Violence, and CultureConflict in the FamilyPower in the FamilyViolence in the FamilySummaryKey TermsQuestions for ReflectionChapter 8. Communicating Under StressInterpreting StressAssumptions About Stress and StressorsCommunication and Developmental StressorsCommunication and Unpredictable StressorsSummaryKey TermsQuestions for ReflectionChapter 9. Managing Challenging DialoguesReligion in the United StatesFamily Communication and SexualitySummaryKey TermsQuestions for ReflectionPart 3. ConclusionsChapter 10. Conclusing Perspectives on Family CommunicationsThe Future of Family Communication ResearchCultural Discourse About the FamilyThinking About Family Communication: Four ConclusionsSummaryQuestions for ReflectionGlossary References Credits Subject Index

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