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Family Communication: Cohesion and Change
     

Family Communication: Cohesion and Change

by Kathleen M. Galvin, Bernard J. Brommel
 
Family Communication examines the communication processes within families and how they affect and are affected by larger social systems. By viewing the family as a communication system with identifiable patterns, this text encourages students to analyze family interaction patterns analytically and thoroughly. Using a framework of family functions, first-person

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Family Communication examines the communication processes within families and how they affect and are affected by larger social systems. By viewing the family as a communication system with identifiable patterns, this text encourages students to analyze family interaction patterns analytically and thoroughly. Using a framework of family functions, first-person narratives, and current research, Family Communication emphasizes the diversity of today's families in terms of structure, ethnic patterns, and developmental experiences.

New to the 6th Edition:

  • Reflects increasingly diverse family experiences while maintaining a strong focus on patterns and systems of the traditional family.
  • Incorporates information on "alternative" families throughout the text, eliminating the perception that there is a "right" type of family.
  • Includes a new chapter on "Power, Influence, and Decision Making," which discusses new research on influence strategies in families and provides students with the latest information on a growing area of the field.
  • Adds new information on religion, economics, jealousy, abuse, and multigenerational families to provide students with more thorough coverage of different family structures and to address the "dark side" of family communication, thereby addressing the most common issues and current trends in the field today.
  • Expands discussion of relational maintenance in keeping with the current literature in the field (Ch. 6).

Editorial Reviews

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The latest edition of an introductory-level college text for students of family related courses in communication, psychology, sociology, counseling, and home economics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher

“The presentation of systems theory is the single best treatment that can be found in a textbook. It is outstanding!” — Leslie A. Baxter, University of Iowa

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780673996282
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/1995
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.96(d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen M. Galvin, Northwestern University
Dawn O. Braithwaite, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Carma L. Bylund, Hamad Medical Center, Doha, Qatar
Dawn Braithwaite

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