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Family Communication
Cohesion and Change, Instructor Review



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ISBN 9780205945344
Published April 4, 2014 by Routledge
432 Pages

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Book Description

Family Communication: Cohesion and Change encourages students to observe family interaction patterns analytically and relate communication theories to family interactions.  Using a framework of family functions, first-person narratives, and current research, Family Communication: Cohesion and Change emphasizes the diversity of today's families in terms of structure, ethnic patterns, and developmental experiences.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to the Family
Families: Definitional Issues
Families: Current Status
Functional Families


Chapter 2: Framework for Family Communication
The Communication Process
Communication Patterns and Family Functions
A Framework for Examining Family Communication


Chapter 3: Family Theories
The Systems Perspective
Social Constructionism/Symbolic Interaction
Relational Dialectics
Narrative Theory/Narrative Performance Theory
Communication Privacy Management Theory


Chapter 4: Communication Patterns and the Creation of Family Identity
Relational Cultures
Communication Patterns That Influence Family Meanings
Narratives and Storytelling


Chapter 5: Relational Maintenance within Families
Relational Maintenance         
Relational Maintenance Strategies    
Relational Currencies


Chapter 6: Intimacy within Partnerships and Families
Commitment
Self-Expression: Disclosure and Nonverbal Affection
Sexuality and Communication           
Intimacy Factors: Effort, Sacrifice, Forgiveness, and Sanctification
Barriers to Intimacy


Chapter 7: Communication and Family Roles and Types
Specific Role Functions
The Role Appropriation Process
Couple and Family Typologies


Chapter 8: Power, Influence, and Decision Making in Families
Power
Influence        
Decision Making


Chapter 9: Communication and Family Conflict
The Process of Conflict 
Unresolved Conflict
Destructive Conflict  
Constructive Conflict


Chapter 10: Communication and Family Developmental Stresses
Overview of Family Change
Family Stages and Life-Course Issues
Transitions Between Stages


Chapter 11: Family Communication and Unpredictable Stress
Unpredictable Stress and Family Coping Patterns
Communication and Specific Crises


Chapter 12: Family Communication and Well-Being
Family Communication and Physical Well-Being
Difficult Conversations on Current Issues
Approaches for Improving Family Communication

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Author(s)

Biography

Kathleen M. Galvin, Northwestern University
Dawn O. Braithwaite, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Carma L. Bylund, Hamad Medical Center, Doha, Qatar
Dawn Braithwaite