2nd Edition

Engaging Theories in Family Communication Multiple Perspectives

    376 Pages
    by Routledge

    376 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.