The SAGE Handbook of Family Communication

The SAGE Handbook of Family Communication

by Lynn H Turner, Richard West

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A thorough exploration of the critical topics and issues facing family communication researchers today

The Sage Handbook of Family Communication provides a comprehensive examination of family communication theory and research. Chapters by leading scholars in family communication expand the definition of family, address recent shifts in culture, and cover important new topics, including families in crisis, families and governmental policies, social media, and extended families. The combination of groundbreaking theories, research methods, and reviews of foundational and emerging research in family communication make this an invaluable resource that explores the critical topics and issues facing family communication researchers today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781483324029
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 02/18/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 504
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Lynn H. Turner (Ph.D., Northwestern University) is Professor of Communication Studies in the College of Communication at Marquette University. Her research areas of interest include interpersonal, gendered, and family communication.  She is the co-author or co-editor of over 10 books as well as several articles and book chapters (many with Rich West). Lynn has served in a number of different positions: Director of Graduate Studies for the College of Communication at Marquette University; President of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender (OSCLG), President of Central States Communication Association (CSCA), and Chair of the Family Communication Division for the National Communication Association.  In her free time, Lynn delights in babysitting for her grandchildren.

Richard West (Ph.D., Ohio University, 1991) is Professor of Communication Studies at Emerson College. He received his BA and MA in Communication at Illinois State University. 


Rich is the co-author (with Lynn Turner) of several leading books in communication (Perspectives on Family Communication/4th ed; Interpersonal Communication/2nd ed; IPC/1st ed; Introducing Communication Theory/5th ed; Gender and Communication/3rd ed;) and served as co-editor of the Sage Sourcebook of Family Communication.  He is the author/co-author of over 40 articles and essays and he has participated in over 100 NCA programs.  Rich’s work has appeared in Communication Quarterly, Communication Education, Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, Communication Reports, Journal of Family Communication, among others. He has served as Guest Co-Editor of the Journal of Family Communication twice and has been a member of nearly 10 journal editorial boards in communication.


Rich’s work intersects family, identity, and culture. Yet, he admits to being somewhat of a ‘scholarly nomad,’ exploring a number of different topics, including gay parenting, holiday stress, student questions in the classroom, job burnout, among other areas. 


Rich is the recipient of several recognitions, including Outstanding Alumni in Communication awards from both Illinois State University and Ohio University.  ISU has also recognized him as a “Distinguished Alum” in Forensics and as an “Outstanding Alum in Teacher Education.”  He has also been recognized as an ECA Research Fellow and was the recipient of ECA’s Past President’s Award.  In 2012, the Communication Institute for Online Scholarship named him a “Leading Scholar in Communication Education.”  


He has served as President of the Eastern Communication (2008) and the National Communication Association (2012).

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Family Communication Tree: Deep Roots, Strong Branches - Kathleen Galvin
1.The Challenge of Defining "Family" - Lynn Turner, Rich West
2. Constructing a Cultural Identity through Family Communication - Tina M. Harris, Alberto Gonzalez
3. Theoretical Approaches to Family Communication - Sandra Metts, Bryan Asbury
4. Research Methods and the Study of Family Communication Practices - Jeffrey T. Child
5. Communicated Narrative Sense-Making: Understanding Family Narratives, Storytelling and the Construction of Meaning through a Communicative Lens - Jody Koenig Kellas, Haley Kranstuber Horstman
6. Family Conflict and Communication - Jeanne Flora, Chris Segrin
7. Intimacy and Family Communication - John H. Nicholson
8. Communication and Family Violence: A Review of Recent Scholarship - Teresa Sabourin, Jessica J. Rack
9. Social Support Processes in the Family - April R. Trees
10. Stress and Coping in Families: A Review and Synthesis of Communication Research - Katheryn C. Maguire
11. Examining Family Secrets from a Communication Perspective - Tamara Afifi, Anne Merrill, Sharde Davis
12. Family and Partner Communication about Sex - Clay Warren, Laura Kolind Warren
13. Intergenerational Family Relationships - Craig Fowler, Carla L. Fisher
14. Communication in Adult Sibling Relationships - Scott A. Myers, Carrie D. Kennedy-Lightsey
15. Communication in Lesbian and Gay Families - Elizabeth A. Suter
16. Communication in Post-Divorce and Stepfamily Relationships - Paul Schrodt
17. Aging Families and Family Communication - Fran C. Dickson, Patrick Hughes
18. Organized Religion and Family Communication: Support and Oppression - Helen M. Sterk, Heidi Sisler
19. Education and Family Communication - Angela M. Hosek
20. Families Communicating about Health - Loretta Pecchioni, Barbara Cook Overton, Teresa Thompson
21. Work and Family Communication - Patrice M. Buzzanell
22. It's All in the Family: An Historical Analysis of Diversity and Family Communication within Television Sitcoms - Jeffrey L. Tyus
23. Families and Technologically Assisted Communication - Lynne M. Webb, Andrew M. Ledbetter, Kristen Norwood
24. Communicating in Military Families across the Deployment Cycle - Leanne K. Knobloch, Steven R. Wilson
25. Positive Family Communication: Towards a New Normal - Thomas J. Socha, Iva T. Stoyneva
26. Familial Solidarity and Religious Identity: Communication and Interfaith Families - Jordan Soliz, Colleen Warner Colaner
Epilogue: On Family Communication's Search for Meaning - Arthur P. Bochner
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