Family Communication: Cohesion and Change encourages students to think critically about family interaction patterns and to analyze them using a variety of communication theories. Using a framework of family functions, current research, and first-person narratives, this text emphasizes the diversity of today's families in structure, ethnic patterns, gender socialization, and developmental experiences.
New for the tenth edition are expanded pedagogical features to improve learning and retention, as well as updates on current theory and research integrated throughout the chapters for timely analysis and discussion. Cases and research featured in each chapter provide examples of concepts and themes, and a companion website offers expanded resources for instructors and students.
"This is the best family communication book on the market today, helping students to understand the role of communication in family life during the twenty-first century. The book continues to provide cutting-edge research and theory in the field of family communication, making concepts understandable and relevant to students by providing case studies and real-life first-person examples. I applaud the authors for another outstanding edition of this fundamental and influential text."
Michelle Miller-Day, Chapman University, USA
"What began as a trailblazing family communication text remains one to this day. Professors Galvin, Braithwaite, Schrodt, and Bylund have crafted a student-focused program that honors the history of family communication while pushing its boundaries. Anyone wanting to understand family dynamics better will find this text to be of tremendous value."
Kory Floyd, University of Arizona, USA
1. What Is a Family?
2. What Is Family Communication?
3. Family Communication Theories
4. Communication Patterns and the Creation of Family Identity
5. Relational Maintenance Within Families
6. Intimacy Within Partnerships and Families
7. Communication and Family Roles and Types
8. Power, Influence, and Decision-Making in Families
9. Communication and Family Conflict
10. Communication and Family Developmental Stresses
11. Family Communication and Unpredictable Stress
12. Family Communication and Well-Being