Routledge – 2004 – 504 pages
Series: Routledge Communication Series
This advanced text carefully examines state-of-the-art research and theories of family communication and family relationships. In addition to presenting cutting-edge research, authors Chris Segrin and Jeanne Flora focus on classic theories and research findings that have influenced and revolutionized the way scholars conceptualize family interaction. Showing that answers to many questions about family communication can be found in current scientific research, the book introduces readers to fundamental issues in the study of family communication; explores what is known about communication in different types of families and family relationships; and examines problematic issues in family communication.
Family Communication offers a thorough and up-to-date presentation of scientific research in family communication for students and teachers of family communication, as well as professionals who work with families. Undergraduate readers will find the text to be accessible, engaging andeasy to understand while graduate students and professionals will utilize the work as a comprehensive reference to classic and contemporary research on family communication and relationships.
"Family Communication offers a thorough and up-to-date presentation of scientific research in family communication for students and teachers of family communication, as well as professionals who work with families."
"…an intriguing book filled with an integration of current research findings from various disciplines on all aspects of family communication. A very thorough reference section adds scholarly value to the text. Segrin and Flora provide us with an exceptional overview of family communications. The beginning student and experienced clinician would benefit by reading the text. It is the best book on family communication….easy to read, informative, and exceptionally stimulating."
—The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families
"The text integrates classic and historical research with current and cutting edge research on families, and the result is…comprehensive. One would be hard pressed to find a line of research relevant to families that is not at least referred to here."
—Benjamin R. Karney
University of Florida
"The scope and detail in each chapter is very impressive. The literature reviewed is…very up to date. I found the writing accessible and clear….This is clearly a high quality piece of scholarship….It is appropriate for an advanced undergraduate course or introductory master's class."
University of Illinois
Contents: Preface. Part I: Introducing Family Communication and Basic Family Processes. Defining Family Communication and Family Functioning. Theoretical Perspectives on Family Communication. Family Interaction Patterns: Norms and Networks, Routines and Rituals, Stories and Secrets. Family Interaction Processes: Power, Decision Making, Conflict, and Intimacy. Part II: Communication in Family Subsystems. Courtship and Mate Selection. Marriage and Intimate Partnerships. Parent-Child Communication. Sibling and Extended Family Relationships. Part III: Communication During Family Stress. Models of Family Stress and Coping. Normative and Nonnormative Family Stressors. Divorce. Renegotiating Family Communication: Remarriage and Stepfamilies. Part IV: Family Interaction, Health, and Well-Being. Family Interaction and Mental Health. Family Interaction and Physical Health. Family Violence and Abuse. Improving Family Communication and Family Relationships.