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2nd Edition

Engaging Theories in Family Communication
Multiple Perspectives

ISBN 9781138700949
Published September 18, 2017 by Routledge
376 Pages

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Book Description

Engaging Theories in Family Communication, Second Edition delves deeply into the key theories in family communication, focusing on theories originating both within the communication discipline and in allied disciplines. Contributors write in their specific areas of expertise, resulting in an exceptional resource for scholars and students alike, who seek to understand theories spanning myriad topics, perspectives, and approaches.

Designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate students studying family communication, this text is also relevant for scholars and students of personal relationships, interpersonal communication, and family studies. This second edition includes 16 new theories and an updated study of the state of family communication. Each chapter follows a common pattern for easy comparison between theories.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: Meta-Theory and Theory in Family Communication Research: Dawn O. Braithwaite, Elizabeth Suter, Kory Floyd
  2. Affection Exchange Theory: Kory Floyd, Colin Hesse & Mark Generous
  3. Attachment Theory: Laura K. Guerrero
  4. Attribution Theories: Valerie Manusov
  5. Communicated Narrative Sense-Making: Jody Koenig Kellas
  6. Communication Privacy Management Theory: Sandra Petronio
  7. Conflict Theory/Gottman: Loreen Olson
  8. Critical Feminist Theories: Patricia Sotirin & Laura Ellingson
  9. Dyadic Power Theory: Norah Dunbar
  10. Intersectionality: April L. Few-Demo
  11. Emotion Appraisal Theories: Sandra Metts
  12. Family Communications Patterns Theory: Ascan Koerner, Paul Schrodt & Mary Anne Fitzpatrick
  13. Face Theory & Stigma: M. Chad McBride
  14. Goals-Plans-Action Theories: Steven Wilson & John P. Caughlin
  15. LC/MD: Debbie S. Dougherty
  16. Narrative Performance Kristin Langellier & Eric Peterson
  17. Negotiated Morality Theory: Vincent Waldron & Douglas Kelley
  18. Relational Dialectics Theory: Elizabeth Suter & Leah Seurer
  19. Relational Turbulence: Leanne K. Knobloch
  20. Resilience Theory: Patrice M. Buzzanell
  21. Theory of Resilience and Relational Load (TRRL) Tamara Afifi, Annie Merrill, Sharde Davis & Kathryn Harrison
  22. Social Construction and Discourse Dependence: Dawn O. Braithwaite & Karla Mason Bergen
  23. Social Exchange Theories: Laura Stafford
  24. Social Learning Theory: Modeling and Communication in the Family Context: Adrianne Kunkel & Alesia Woszidlo
  25. Structuration Theory: Paaige K. Turner & Kristin Norwood
  26. Systems Theory: Christina Yoshimura & Kathleen Galvin
  27. Theories of Communication and Identity: Jordan Soliz
  28. Theories of Evolution and Evolutionary Psychology: Kory Floyd, Dana Dinsmore & Corey Pavlich
  29. Uses and Gratifications: Jeffrey Child & Paul Haridakis

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Dawn O. Braithwaite is a Willa Cather Professor and Chair of Communication Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She studies communication in discourse dependent (postmodern) families, dialectics of relating, and rituals in step- and voluntary families. She has published five books and 125 manuscripts. Braithwaite received the National Communication Association’s Brommel Award for Family Communication, was named Distinguished Scholar of Western States Communication Association, and is a Past President of the National Communication Association.

Elizabeth A. Suter is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Denver specializing in critical interpersonal and family communication. Her research lies at the intersection of relationships and culture, addressing issues of power, struggle, and social change. She co-edited the special issue of the Journal of Family Communication on critical approaches to family communication research, and is an officer of the Family Communication Division of the National Communication Association.

Kory Floyd is a Professor of Communication at the University of Arizona. His research focuses on the communication of affection in close relationships and on the intersection between interpersonal behavior and health. He has authored or edited 15 books and nearly 100 journal articles and chapters on interpersonal and family communication, nonverbal behavior, and psychophysiology. He is a past editor of the Journal of Family Communication and Communication Monographs.