Engaging Theories in Family Communication: Multiple Perspectives

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SAGE, Aug 23, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 384 pages
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Engaging Theories in Family Communication: Multiple Perspectives covers uncharted territory in its field, as it is the first book on the market to deal exclusively with family communication theory. In this volume, editors Dawn O. Braithwaite and Leslie A. Baxter bring together a group of contributors that represent a veritable Who's Who in the family communication field. These scholars examine both classic and cutting-edge theories to guide family communication research in the coming years.
 

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Contents

Metatheory and Theory in Family Communication Research
1
Part I Theories Originating in Communication
17
An Intergroup Approach to Family Relationships
19
Understanding Families
35
A Social Cognitive Approach
50
Theories of Goals Plans and Planning Processes in Families
66
A New Theory in Family Communication
82
Telling Stories Doing Family
99
A Provocative Perspective on Families
197
A Lens for Viewing Family Conflict and Violence
213
Social Constructionism and Symbolic Interactionism
229
Interdependence and Equity
243
Modeling and Communication in the Family Context
260
Families Across the Life Span
276
Promising Directions for Family Communication Research
293
Patterns and Wholes in Family Communication
309

An Interactional Family Theory
115
Multivocal Dialogues of Family Communication
130
Communication Dramatizing Messages and Rhetorical Visions in Families
146
Part II Theories Originating In Complementary Fields
163
The Reciprocal Relationship Between Family Communication and Attachment Patterns
165
Assessing Causal and Responsibility Judgments In Families
181
An Evolutionary Approach to Family Communication
325
Index
341
About the Editors
355
About the Contributors
357
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Dawn O. Braithwaite (Ph.D., University of Minnesota [interpersonal/small group/health communication]; M.A. & B.A., California State University, Long Beach [interpersonal/small group communication; communication theory and research) is nationally recognized as one of the leading scholars in family communication and in communication and disability. She is the immediate past president of the Western States Communication Association (2001-02) and is the recipient of numerous teaching and service awards (among them: 2002 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Achievement in the Social Sciences; 2002 NCA Presidential Citation for Service; 2001 Wayne Brockriede Scholar Award; 2000 ACA Gerald Phillips Mentoring Award), She has, as well, won an NCA Top Paper Award every year for the past 4 years. She is co-author of the college textbook Case Studies in Interpersonal Communication (Wadsworth, 2000) and sits or has sat on the following editorial journal boards: Journal of Social and Personal Relationships; Journal of Family Communication; Western Journal of Communication; Communication Reports; Journal of Applied Communication Research; Southern Communication Journal; Communication Studies; Communication Monographs. She, along with co-editor Leslie Baxter, is one of the best connected and well-regarded scholars within the discipline.

Leslie A. Baxter is F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa, where she has taught for 15 years. She has published over 130 books, book chapters, and articles on interpersonal and family communication. She is the recipient of many awards, including, from the National Communication Association, the Distinguished Scholar Award, the Bernard Brommel Family Communication Award, the Charles Woolbert Research Award, the Franklin Knower Article Award, and the Gerald Miller Book Award; the Berscheid-Hatfield Award from the International Association for Relationship Research (formerly INPR); and the inaugural WSCA Scholar Award from the Western States Communication Association.

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