500 Pages 55 Color & 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    500 Pages 55 Color & 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Now in its eleventh edition, Family Communication: Cohesion and Change continues to provide students with a foundational, accessible, and inclusive overview of the family communication field.

    The eleventh edition represents the plurality of today’s families, helping students see themselves and think through how the up-to-date research and theory apply to their lives. It features a more concise narrative with streamlined central concepts that are more straightforward and engaging for students. Now presented in three sections, Communication and Family Lenses, Communication and Family Cohesion, and Communication and Family Adaptability, this edition’s new features include learning objectives for each chapter, Family Portrait interviews with top scholars, a glossary of key definitions, and expanded Family Reflections discussion questions interspersed in the text.

    This book is ideal for undergraduate courses in family communication, allied subjects in communication studies, family studies, nursing, and social work programs.

    The accompanying Instructor and Student Resources provide free digital materials designed to test students’ knowledge and save instructor’s time when preparing lessons. Visit www.routledgelearning.com/familycommunication for interactive activities, practice quizzes, and more.






    Section 1:  Communication and Family Lenses

    Chapter 1: What is a Family?


    Our Framework for Understanding Family Communication

    Defining Family

    Understanding Family as a System

    Diversity of the Contemporary Family

    Coupling and the Contemporary Family

    Parenting and the Contemporary Family

    Generations and the Contemporary Family


    Key Words


    Chapter 2: What is Family Communication?


    The Communication Process

    Communication as Social Construction of Family Relationships

    Communication Patterns and Family Effects

    Supporting Functions Shaping Family Communication

    Family of Origin Influences


    Key Words


    Chapter 3: Family Communication Theories


    Meta-theories and Theories

    Communication Accommodation Theory

    Communication Privacy Management Theory

    Communicated Narrative Sense-Making Theory

    Communication Theory of Identity

    Relational Dialectics Theory


    Key Words


    Chapter 4: Communication and Family Development


    Developmental Stage Model of Child Development

    Life-course Perspective

    Transitions Between Life Stages


    Key Words


    Section 2:  Communication and Family Cohesion


    Chapter 5: Communication Patterns and the Creation of Family Identity


    Family Communication Forms and Relational Cultures

    Family Communication Rules

    Family Secrets

    Family Communication Networks

    Family Stories


    Key Words


    Chapter 6: Relational Maintenance Within Families


    Maintenance Strategies and Confirmation

    Maintenance Through Rituals

    Maintenance Through Relational Currencies

    Relational Maintenance in Different Family Relationships


    Key Words


    Chapter 7: Intimacy Within Partnerships and Families


    Communicating Commitment

    Self-Disclosure, Privacy Management, and Intimacy

    Sexuality and Communication in Families

    Barriers to Intimacy


    Key Words


    Chapter 8: Communication and Family Roles and Types


    Specific Role Functions and Family Responsibilities

    How Family Members Learn, Adjust, and Relinquish Family Roles

    Communication in Different Types of Couples and Families


    Key Words


    Section 3:  Communication and Family Adaptability


    Chapter 9: Power, Influence, and Decision-Making in Families


    The Development and Communication of Power in Family Relationships

    Influence Strategies in Family Relationships

    Decision-Making Processes in Family Relationships


    Key Words


    Chapter 10: Communication and Family Conflict


    Family Conflict is a Communication Process

    Family Conflict Involves Patterns and Rules

    Destructive Conflict in Family Relationships

    Constructive Conflict in Family Relationships


    Key Words


    Chapter 11: Family Communication and Stress


    Unpredictable Stress and Family Coping

    Communication and Family Resilience

    Communication and Specific Crises


    Key Words


    Chapter 12: Family Communication, Health, and Wellness


    Family Communication and Health

    Family Communication and Well-Being

    Approaches for Improving Family Communication

    Final Thoughts on Family Communication


    Key Words



    Subject Index


    Dawn O. Braithwaite is a Willa Cather Professor Emerita at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA.


    Paul Schrodt is the Philip J. and Cheryl C. Burguières Professor of Communication Studies at Texas Christian University, USA.


    Colleen Warner is an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Missouri, USA.


    Kathleen M. Galvin was a Professor Emerita of Communication Studies at Northwestern University, USA.

    “Like its predecessors, this edition of Family Communication: Cohesion and Change is outstanding. It presents current and classic research in a way that is both thought-provoking and accessible. Students will be drawn-in by the vivid examples and probing questions offered by the authors; instructors will appreciate the authors’ brilliant translation of complex theories and concepts for their students.”

    - Anita L. Vangelisti, University of Texas at Austin, USA


    “This edition continues a long-standing tradition of providing readers with a comprehensive yet contemporary view of family communication theory and research. Retaining its pedagogical focus, this text invites students to actively participate in their learning through the inclusion of case studies, thought-provoking data, expanded discussion questions, and interviews with family communication scholars. This text is a must-have for family communication instructors.”

    - Scott A. Myers, West Virginia University, USA