Widening the Family Circle: New Research on Family Communication / Edition 1

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Overview

Widening the Family Circle: New Research on Family Communication, Second Edition continues to address historically under-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.

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Editorial Reviews

Jonathon Kroll
"The editors bring together a diversecollection of empirical studies, theoretic essays, and critical reviews of literature on communication to constitute a stronger, more complete understanding of communication within in the family. 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."
Kandi L. Walker
“Floyd and Morman are on the cutting edge of family communication. They are insightful, interesting, and unique in their approach to presenting family communication. I appreciate their efforts. They are bringing a useful and important textbook to other scholars and students. Hats off to them!”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412909211
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : on the breadth of the family experience
Pt. A Family-of-origin relationships 1
1 Communication over the life span : the mother-adult daughter relationship 3
2 Communication among peers : adult sibling relationships 21
3 The good son : men's perceptions of the characteristics of sonhood 37
Commentary on part A 57
Pt. B Extended family relationships 63
4 Friends and allies : communication in grandparent-grandchild relationships 65
5 The "other" women in family life : aunt/niece/nephew communication 81
6 Getting along with the in-laws : relationships with parents-in-law 101
7 Getting along with the in-laws : relationships with siblings-in-law 117
Commentary on part B 129
Pt. C Relationships created through divorce, remarriage, or adoption 135
8 Joined by hearts and words : adoptive family relationships 137
9 Understudied and misunderstood : communication in stepfamily relationships 153
10 Investigating privacy boundaries : communication in post-divorce families 171
Commentary on part C 189
11 Understudied relationships in family communication research : expanding the social recipe 193
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