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.
On the book's companion website, www.routledge.com/cw/galvin, intstructors will find a full suite of online resources to help build their courses and engage their students, as well as an author video introducing the new edition:
- Syllabi & Suggested Calendars
- Course Projects & Paper Examples
- Essay Assignments
- Test/Quiz Questions and Answer Keys
- Case Studies in Family Communication
- Family Communication Film and Television Examples
- Family Communication in Literature Examples
- Detailed Outlines
- Discussion Questions
- Case Study Questions
- Sample Chapter Activities
Chapter PowerPoint Slides
Table of Contents
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
Kathleen M. Galvin (Ph.D. Northwestern University) is a Professor of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. She has co-authored or edited nine books with multiple editions, as well as multiple chapters and articles. She is one of the founders of the Family Communication Division of the National Communication Association and was awarded NCA’s Becker Award for Distinguished Service.
Dawn O. Braithwaite (Ph.D. University of Minnesota) is Willa Cather Professor and Chair of Communication at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Braithwaite has authored or edited five books and over 125 articles. She received the National Communication Association’s Bernard J. Brommel Award for Family Communication and the Becker Award for service, was named 2014 Distinguished Scholar of Western States Communication Association, and is a Past President of NCA.
Paul Schrodt (Ph.D. University of Nebraska-Lincoln) is the Philip J. and Cheryl C. Burguières Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Texas Christian University. He has published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters, and is the recipient of the National Communication Association’s Bernard J. Brommel Award for Family Communication and the Early Career Award in Interpersonal Communication.
Carma L. Bylund (Ph.D. Northwestern University) is Associate Professor at the University of Florida. She is the author of 90 peer-reviewed journal articles and 20 book chapters, and co-edited the book Family Communication About Genetics: Theory and Practice. Bylund is a fellow of the American Academy of Communication in Healthcare.
"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
Please visit our companion website for additional support materials.