Widening the Family Circle New Research on Family Communication

ISBN-10: 1412909228
ISBN-13: 9781412909228
Edition: 2006
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Book details

List price: $62.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/10/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

"In Widening the Family Circle , the editors have assembled an eclectic group of accomplished authors to shed much needed light on many of the diverse and important forms of family relationships that are rarely studied or even understood. The focus on detailed description, examples, and research findings will appeal to both students and research scholars alike." -Chris Segrin, University of Arizona nbsp; "This book helps us to realize the uniqueness of family systems and how many different types of relationships contribute to making up the family. It has a definite place in the market and for use in the classroom." -Nancy J. Eckstein, Bethel University nbsp; Widening the Family Circle: New Research on Family Communication bridges the significant gap in family communication literature by providing a thorough examination of lesser-studied family relationships, such as those involving grandparents, in-laws, cousins, stepfamilies, and adoptive parents. In this engaging text, editors Kory Floyd and Mark T. Morman bring together a diverse collection of empirical studies, theoretic essays, and critical reviews of literature on communication to constitute a stronger, more complete understanding of communication within the family.nbsp;nbsp; Key Features : Addresses lesser-studied family relationships : While most books on family communication focus primarily on marriage and biological, custodial parent-child relations, this text explores a much wider circle of family relationships. A thorough examination of stepfamilies, mothers/adult daughters, adult siblings, grandparents, adoptive, fathers/adult sons, parents- and siblings-in-law, and post-divorce relationships is provided. Offers commentary by leading family communication scholars : This book brings together the best of the research being conducted on various types of family relationships and showcases the work of some of the most respected scholars within the field of family communication.nbsp; Includes abundant references : A comprehensive reference section provides rich sources of literature reviews not included in many other texts to help students and scholars with their own projects and research. nbsp; Intended Audience : Perfect supplementary textbook for undergraduate and introductory graduate courses in Family Communication; also relevant for many courses in Human Communication, Family Psychology, Family Studies, and Social Psychology nbsp;

Kory Floyd (Ph.D., University of Arizona; M.A., University of Washington; B.A., Western Washington University) is associate professor of human communication, director of the communication sciences laboratory, and director of the graduate MA program in human communication at Arizona State University.� His research focuses on the communication of affection in families and other intimate relationships, and on the interplay between communication, physiology, and health.� He has written or edited five books and more than 60 journal articles and book chapters, is currently chair of the family communication division of the National Communication Association, and is currently editor of Journal of Family Communication .

Mark T. Morman (Ph.D. & M.A., University of Kansas; B.S., Southern Utah University) is associate professor of communication studies at Baylor University, where he serves as faculty advisor for the Lambda Pi Eta communication honor society.nbsp; His research focuses on affectionate communication within families and close relationships, and on persuasive messages relevant to mens health issues.nbsp; He has published several articles in both regional and national communication journals, is currently vice chair of the family communication division of the National Communication Association, and serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Family Communication and Journal of Social and Personal Relationships .

Introduction: On the Breadth of Family Experience
What We Know and Don't Know about Communication in Family Relationships
Widening the Circle of Family Communication
Family-of-Origin Relationships
Introduction
Communication Over the Life Span: The Mother-Adult Daughter Relationship
Communication and Connection in Mother-Adult Daughter Relationships
Unique Patterns of Communicating
Dialectics
Turning Points
Conclusion
Communication among Peers: Adult Sibling Relationships
Unique Characteristics of the Sibling Relationship
Different Types of Sibling Relationships
Communication in Adult Sibling Relationships
Communication Behaviors among Adult Siblings
Conclusion
The Good Son: Men's Perceptions of the Characteristics of Sonhood
The Role of Son
The Good Son Study
Conclusion
Commentary on Part A
Extended Family Relationships
Introduction
Friends and Allies: Communication in Grandparent-Grandchild Relationships
The Lack of Attention to Grandparental Relationships
Communicative Opportunities and Challenges
What Do We Know about Grandparent-Grandchild Communication?
What's Left to Learn about the Grandparent-Grandchild Relationship?
Conclusion
The "Other" Women in Family Life: Aunt/Niece/Nephew Communication
The Title of "Aunt"
Aunting in Family Communication Research
Themes and Schemas of Aunting Relationships
Descriptions and Dialectics of Aunting Relationships
Communicative Strengths and Challenges
What is Left to Learn about Aunting?
Conclusion
Getting Along with the In-Laws: Relationships with Parents-in-Law
Defining the Relationship with Parents-in-Law
The Nonvoluntary, Tiradic Structure of the Parent-in-Law/Child-in-Law Relationship
Interaction Between Parents-in-Law and Children-in-Law
Conclusion
Getting Along with the In-Laws: Relationships with Siblings-in-Law
What is a Sibling-in-Law?
What is Known about Communication among Siblings-in-Law
Contemporary Research on Siblings-in-Law
Conclusion
Commentary on Part B
Relationships Created Through Divorce, Remarriage, or Adoption
Introduction
Joined by Hearts and Words: Adoptive Family Relationships
How Common is Adoption?
Background of Adoption Practices
Contemporary Adoption Practices
Why is Adoption Historically Understudied?
Communicative Challenges to the Adoptive Family
Communicative Opportunities and Challenges
What We Need to Learn about Adoption
Conclusion
Understudied and Misunderstood: Communication in Stepfamily Relationships
Stepfamily Development and Types
Communication and Stepfamily Boundaries
Conclusion
Investigating Privacy Boundaries: Communication in Post-Divorce Families
The Role of Privacy Boundaries in Post-Divorce Family Relationships
Redefining the Boundaries with One's Former Spouse
Redefining the Boudaries with One's Children
The Privacy Dilemmas of Interpersonal Conflict and Children's Feelings of Being Caught
Conclusion
Commentary on Part C
Understudied Relationships in Family Communication Research: Expanding the Social Recipe
Dialectic Tensions
Methods for Dealing with Dialectic Tensions
Conclusion
References

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