Research on communication within the family has traditionally focused a great deal of attention on marriage and biological, custodial parent-child relationships and much less attention on the many other relationships that constitute the family experience. This significant oversight within the literature on communication within the family is further magnified by the basic reality that most families have more than one child, a living grandparent, sibling-in-laws, nieces and nephews, cousins and increasingly, step-children. Clearly, the rich experience of family relationships extends far beyond marriage or biological, parent-child relationships, yet our understanding of communication processes in these types of family relationships is deficient. This volume addresses this significant gap in the family communication literature by bringing together a diverse collection of empirical studies, theoretical essays and critical reviews of literature on communication within the large category of family relationships.As such, this book serves as a valuable primary resource for information on ten different types of family relationships, constituting a stronger and more complete understanding of communication within the family.
Further, the book serves as a useful supplement to traditional texts on the family for teachers and students of family communication and family psychology. 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. Key Features: Family relationships explored in the text include: stepfamilies; mothers//adult daughters; adult siblings; grandparents; adoptive; fathers//adult sons; parents- and siblings-in-law; and post-divorce. Each chapter answers the following questions: What constitutes the relationship (and why has it been historically understudied)?What are the unique communicative strengths and challenges of the relationship? What the most important findings to come out of the research that has been done in this area?What will be the most important questions about this relationship for future discussion and research to consider?
Kory Floyd (Ph.D, University of Arizona) is Professor and Associate Director in the Hugh Downs School of 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 multiple books and journal articles, is the former chair of the Family Communication division of the National Communication Association, and is currently editor of Communication Monographs. Mark T. Morman (Ph.D, University of Kansas) is Director of Graduate Studies and professor of communication at Baylor University. His research focuses on affectionate communication and intimacy within families and close relationships, and he has published several articles in both regional and national communication journals. Dr. Morman has served as chair of both the Family Communication Division and the Interpersonal Communication Divison of the National Communication Association, and currently serves on the editorial board of Communication Monographs.
Introduction: On the Breadth of Family Experience - Kory Floyd and Mark T. Morman What We Know and Don't Know about Communication in Family Relationships Widening the Circle of Family Communication Part A: Family-of-Origin Relationships Introduction - Kory Floyd and Mark T. Morman 1. Communication Over the Life Span: The Mother-Adult Daughter Relationship - Michelle Miller-Day and Carla Fisher Communication and Connection in Mother-Adult Daughter Relationships Unique Patterns of Communicating Dialectics Turning Points Conclusion 2. Communication among Peers: Adult Sibling Relationships - Alan Mikkelson Unique Characteristics of the Sibling Relationship Different Types of Sibling Relationships Communication in Adult Sibling Relationships Communication Behaviors among Adult Siblings Conclusion 3. The Good Son: Men's Perceptions of the Characteristics of Sonhood - Mark T. Morman and Kory Floyd The Role of Son The Good Son Study Conclusion Commentary on Part A - Anita L. Vangelisti Part B: Extended Family Relationships Introduction - Kory Floyd and Mark T. Morman 4. Friends and Allies: Communication in Grandparent-Grandchild Relationships - Jordan Eli Soliz, Mei-Chen Lin, Karen Anderson, and Jake Harwood 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 5. The "Other" Women in Family Life: Aunt/Niece/Nephew Communication - Patricia J. Sotirin and Laura L. Ellingson 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 6. Getting Along with the In-Laws: Relationships with Parents-in-Law - Mary Claire Morr Serewicz 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 7. Getting Along with the In-Laws: Relationships with Siblings-in-Law - Christina G. Yoshimura 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 - Fran Dickson Part C: Relationships Created Through Divorce, Remarriage, or Adoption Introduction - Kory Floyd and Mark T. Morman 8. Joined by Hearts and Words: Adoptive Family Relationships - Kathleen M. Galvin 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 9. Understudied and Misunderstood: Communication in Stepfamily Relationships - Dawn O. Braithwaite, Paul Schrodt, Leslie A. Baxter Stepfamily Development and Types Communication and Stepfamily Boundaries Conclusion 10. Investigating Privacy Boundaries: Communication in Post-Divorce Families - Tamara D. Afifi and Tara McManus 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 - Beth Le Poire 11. Understudied Relationships in Family Communication Research: Expanding the Social Recipe - Lynn H. Turner and Richard West Dialectic Tensions Methods for Dealing with Dialectic Tensions Conclusion References
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