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Overview

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.
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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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412909228
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (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 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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