Widening Circles

Interactive Connections Between Immediate Family and Larger Social Networks

Authored by: Maria Schmeeckle , Susan Sprecher

The Routledge Handbook of Family Communication

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

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


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Individuals, couples, and immediate families exist within wider interactive worlds. These wider circles of social networks and extended families have always been around, but in every era they take on their own forms and nuances. This chapter takes up the challenge of synthesizing the latest interdisciplinary research on the interactive connections between the wider circles of social networks and immediate family dynamics at the small group level.

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