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The Routledge Handbook of Family Communication





ISBN 9780415881975
Published November 1, 2012 by Routledge
604 Pages

 
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With a synthesis of research on issues key to understanding family interaction, as well as an analysis of many theoretical and methodological choices made by researchers studying family communication, the Handbook serves to advance the field by reframing old questions and stimulating new ones. The contents are comprised of chapters covering:

  • theoretical and methodological issues influencing current conceptions of family;
  • research and theory centering around the family life course
  • communication occurring in a variety of family forms
  • individual family members and their relationships
  • dynamic communication processes taking place in families
  • family communication embedded in social, cultural, and physical contexts.

Key changes to the second edition include:

  • updates throughout, providing a thorough and up-to-date overview of research and theory
  • new topics reflecting the growth of the discipline, including chapters on "singles" as family members, emerging adults, and physiology and physical health.

Highlighting the work of scholars across disciplines--communication, social psychology, clinical psychology, sociology, family studies, and others--this volume captures the breadth and depth of research on family communication and family relationships. The well-known contributors approach family interaction from a variety of theoretical perspectives and focus on topics ranging from the influence of structural characteristics on family relationships to the importance of specific communication processes.

Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface
Introduction

PART I: FAMILY COMMUNICATION THEORIES AND METHODS
Chapter 1 Twenty Years of Family Research Published in Communication Journals: A Review of the Perspectives, Theories, and Concepts Glen H. Stamp and Carolyn Shue
Chapter 2 Perspectives on Studying Family Communication: Multiple Methods and Multiple Sources Judith A. Feeney and Patricia Noller

PART II: COMMUNICATION ACROSS THE FAMILY LIFE COURSE
Chapter 3 A Communication Perspective on Cohabitation and Contemporary Dating Relationships Jennifer S. Priem and Catherine A. Surra
Chapter 4 Marital Communication Brian Baucom and Kathleen Eldridge
Chapter 5 On Becoming Parents Erin K. Holmes, Ted L. Huston, Anita L. Vangelisti, and Trey D. Guinn
Chapter 6 Generational Juggling: Family Communication at Midlife Karen Fingerman, Kira Birditt, Jon Nussbaum, and Diana Ebersole
Chapter 7 Family Communication in Later Life Jake Harwood, Christy Rittenour, and Mei-Chen Lin

PART III: COMMUNICATION IN VARIOUS FAMILY FORMS
Chapter 8 Communication in Intact Families Ascan F. Koerner and Mary Anne Fitzpatrick
Chapter 9 Divorced and Single Parent Families: Risk, Resiliency, and the Role of Communication Tamara D. Afifi and Amanda Denes
Chapter 10 Stepfamily Communication Dawn Braithwaite and Paul Schrodt
Chapter 11 The Family Relationships of Sexual Minorities Lisa M. Diamond, Kendrick Allen, and Molly R. Butterworth
Chapter 12 Singles, No Children: Who is your Family? Bella DePaulo
Chapter 13 Support Communication in Culturally Diverse Families: The Role of Stigma Stanley O. Gaines, Jr., Kristin D. Mickelson, and Stacey L. Williams

PART IV: THE RELATIONAL COMMUNICATION OF FAMILY MEMBERS
Chapter 14 Mothers and Fathers Coparenting Together John Beaton, William J. Doherty, and Lisa Wenger
Chapter 15 Infant Communication Barbara Gruenbaum, Nicole Depowski, Kathleen Shaw, & Heather Bortfeld
Chapter 16 Parent and Sibling Interactions during Middle Childhood Laura Stafford
Chapter 17 Parent-Child Communication during Adolescence Susan Branje, Brett Laursen, and W. Andrew Collins
Chapter 18 Communication during Emerging Adulthood Brian J. Willoughby and Jeffrey J. Arnett
Chapter 19 Widening Circles: Interactive Connections between Immediate Family and Larger Social Networks Maria Schmeeckle and Susan Sprecher

PART V: FAMILY COMMUNICATION PROCESSES
Chapter 20 When Families Manage Private Information John P. Caughlin, Sandra Petronio, and Ashley Middleton
Chapter 21 Conflict and Relational Quality in Families Alan L. Sillars and Daniel J. Canary
Chapter 22 Persuasion and Families Steven R. Wilson, Lisa M. Guntzviller, and Elizabeth A. Munz
Chapter 23 The Communication of Emotion in Families Julie Fitness
Chapter 24 Family Stories and Storytelling: Windows into the Family Soul Jody Koenig Kellas and April R. Trees

PART VI: COMMUNICATION AND CONTEMPORARY FAMILY ISSUES
Chapter 25 After the Workday Ends: How Jobs Impact Family Relationships Shu-wen Wang and Rena Repetti
Chapter 26 The Media and Family Communication Barbara J. Wilson and Kristin Drogos
Chapter 27 Digital Technology and Families Nancy A. Jennings and Ellen A. Wartella
Chapter 28 The Reciprocal Influence of Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Family Members’ Communication Ashley Duggan and Beth A. LePoire Molineux
Chapter 29 Charting Dangerous Territory: The Family as a Context of Violence and Aggression Rene Dailey, Carmen Lee, and Brian H. Spitzberg
Chapter 30 Psychophysiological Methods in Family Communication Research Kory Floyd, Colin Hesse, and Perry Pauley
Chapter 31 Mental Health Chris Segrin

PART VII: EPILOGUE AND COMMENTARY
Chapter 32 The Family of the Future: What do We Face? Kathleen Galvin

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