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Updated in a new 8thedition, this book examines how the communication processes within families affect and are affected by larger social systems. It views the family as a communication system with identifiable patterns Using a framework of family functions, first-person narratives, and current research, this book emphasizes the diversity of today's families in terms of structure, ethnic patterns, and developmental experiences.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction to the Family
Chapter 2. Framework for Family Communication
Chapter 3. Family Theories
Chapter 4. Communication Patterns and the Creation of Family Identity
Chapter 5. Relational Maintenance within Families
Chapter 6. Intimacy within Partnerships and Families
Chapter 7. Communication and Family Roles and Types
Chapter 8. Power, Influence, and Decision Making in Families
Chapter 9. Communication and Family Conflict
Chapter 10. Communication and Family Developmental Stresses
Chapter 11. Family Communication and Unpredictable Stress