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2nd Edition

Engaging Theories in Family Communication
Multiple Perspectives

ISBN 9781315204321
Published September 13, 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

Contributor Bios

Preface- Dawn O. Braithwaite, Elizabeth A. Suter, and Kory Floyd

Chapter 1: Introduction: The Landscape of Meta-Theory and Theory in Family Communication Research

Dawn O. Braithwaite, Elizabeth A. Suter, and Kory Floyd

Chapter 2: Affection Exchange Theory: A Bio-Evolutionary Look at Affectionate Communication

Kory Floyd, Colin Hesse, and Mark Alan Generous

Chapter 3: Appraisal Theories of Emotion: How Families Understand and Communicate Their Feelings

Sandra Metts

Chapter 4: Attachment Theory in Families: The Role of Communication

Laura K. Guerrero

Chapter 5: Attribution Theory: Who’s at Fault in Families?

Valerie Manusov

Chapter 6: Communicated Narrative Sense-Making Theory: Linking Storytelling and Well-Being

Jody Koenig Kellas

Chapter 7: Communication Accommodation Theory and Communication Theory of Identity: Theories of Communication and Identity

Jordan Soliz and Colleen Warner Colaner

Chapter 8: Communication Privacy Management Theory: Understanding Families

Sandra Petronio

Chapter 9: Communication Theory of Resilience: Enacting Adaptive-Transformative Processes When Families Experience Loss and Disruption

P.M. Buzzanell

Chapter 10: Critical Feminist Family Communication Theories: Gender, Power, and Praxis

Patricia J. Sotirin and Laura L. Ellingson

Chapter 11: Dyadic Power Theory: Dominance and Power in Family Communication

Norah E. Dunbar and Aubrie Adams

Chapter 12: Facework Theory: Performing Familial Roles in Everyday Interactions

M. Chad McBride

Chapter 13: Family Communication Patterns Theory: A Grand Theory of Family Communication

Ascan F. Koerner, Paul Schrodt, and Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

Chapter 14: Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: A Framework for Understanding Family Conflict

Loreen N. Olson and Annalisa Donahey

Chapter 15: General Systems Theory: A Compelling View of Family Life

Christina G. Yoshimura and Kathleen M. Galvin

Chapter 16: Intersectionality: (Re)Considering Family Communication from Within the Margins

April L. Few-Demo, Julia Moore, and Shadee Abdi

Chapter 17: Language Convergence/Meaning Divergence Theory: Creating Conflict Through Misunderstandings

Debbie S. Doughtery

Chapter 18: Multiple Goals Theories: Motivations for Family Interactions and Relationships

Steven R. Wilson and John P. Caughlin

Chapter 19: Narrative Performance Theory: Making Stories, Doing Family

Kristin M. Langellier and Eric E. Peterson

Chapter 20: Necessary Convergence Communication Theory: Submission and Power in Family Communication

Michelle Miller-Day

Chapter 21: Negotiated Morality Theory: How Family Communication Shapes Our Values

Vincent R. Waldron and Douglas L. Kelley

Chapter 22: Relational Dialectics Theory: Realizing the Dialogic Potential of Family Communication

Elizabeth A. Suter and Leah M. Seurer

Chapter 23: Relational Turbulence Theory: Understanding Family Communication During Times of Change

Leanne K. Knobloch, Denise Haunani Solomon, Jennifer A. Theiss, and Rachel M. McLaren

Chapter 24: Social Construction Theory: Communication Co-Creating Families

Dawn O. Braithwaite, Elissa Foster, and Karla M. Bergen

Chapter 25: Social Exchange Theory: A Cost-Benefit Approach to Relationships

Laura Stafford

Chapter 26: Social Learning Theory: An Emphasis on Modeling in Parent-Child Relationships

Alesia Woszidlo and Adrianne Kunkel

Chapter 27: Structuration Theory: Applications for Family Communication

Kristen Norwood and Paaige K. Turner

Chapter 28: The Theory of Natural Selection: An Evolutionary Approach to Family Communication

Kory Floyd, Dana R. Dinsmore, and Corey A. Pavlich

Chapter 29: Theory of Resilience and Relational Load (TRRL): Understanding Families as Systems of Stress and Calibration

Tamara D. Afifi and Kathryn Harrison

Chapter 30: Uses and Gratifications Theory: Considering Media Use in the Context of Family Communication

Jeffrey T. Child and 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.