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The Routledge Handbook of Family Communication

Edited by: Anita L. Vangelisti

Print publication date:  November  2012
Online publication date:  November  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415881982
eBook ISBN: 9780203848166
Adobe ISBN: 9781136946370

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With a synthesis of research on issues key to understanding family interaction, as well as an analysis of many theoretical and methodological choices made by researchers studying family communication, the Handbook serves to advance the field by reframing old questions and stimulating new ones. The contents are comprised of chapters covering:

  • theoretical and methodological issues influencing current conceptions of family;
  • research and theory centering around the family life course
  • communication occurring in a variety of family forms
  • individual family members and their relationships
  • dynamic communication processes taking place in families
  • family communication embedded in social, cultural, and physical contexts.

Key changes to the second edition include:

  • updates throughout, providing a thorough and up-to-date overview of research and theory
  • new topics reflecting the growth of the discipline, including chapters on "singles" as family members, emerging adults, and physiology and physical health.

Highlighting the work of scholars across disciplines--communication, social psychology, clinical psychology, sociology, family studies, and others--this volume captures the breadth and depth of research on family communication and family relationships. The well-known contributors approach family interaction from a variety of theoretical perspectives and focus on topics ranging from the influence of structural characteristics on family relationships to the importance of specific communication processes.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Twenty Years of Family Research Published in Communication Journals Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Perspectives on Studying Family Communication Download PDF
Chapter  3:  A Communication Perspective on Cohabitation and Contemporary Dating Relationships Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Marital Communication Download PDF
Chapter  5:  On Becoming Parents Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Generational Juggling Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Family Communication in Later Life Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Communication in Intact Families Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Divorced and Single-Parent Families Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Stepfamily Communication Download PDF
Chapter  11:  The Family Relationships of Sexual Minorities Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Single, No Children Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Support Communication in Culturally Diverse Families Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Mothers and Fathers Coparenting Together Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Infant Communication Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Parent and Sibling Interactions During Middle Childhood Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Parent–Child Communication During Adolescence Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Communication During Emerging Adulthood Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Widening Circles Download PDF
Chapter  20:  When Families Manage Private Information Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Conflict and Relational Quality in Families Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Persuasion and Families Download PDF
Chapter  23:  The Communication of Emotion in Families Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Family Stories and Storytelling Download PDF
Chapter  25:  After the Workday Ends Download PDF
Chapter  26:  The Media and Family Communication Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Digital Technology and Families Download PDF
Chapter  28:  The Reciprocal Influence of Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Family Members' Communication Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Charting Dangerous Territory Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Psychophysiological Methods in Family Communication Research Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Mental Health Download PDF
Chapter  32:  The Family of the Future Download PDF
Notes_on_Contributors Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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