Welcome to the companion website for Family Communication, Second Edition.  The chapter resources available here will help students and instructors better engage with the book’s content and the course-wide resources will provide useful supplemental material for course use.


Chapter resources for students include chapter guides containing reading questions, chapter outlines, and links to additional websites and articles.

Course-wide resources for students include an appendix on research methods that explains how research is conducted, along with other important issues that consumers of research need to understand.  It’s designed to benefit students who have not taken an introductory research methods course or anyone who just wants a refresher on social scientific research and theories.


Chapter resources for instructors include PowerPoint presentations and chapter guides containing guiding questions, chapter outlines, in-class discussion questions, multiple choice exam questions, and links to additional websites and articles.

Course-wide resources for instructors include a media guide and sample syllabus.

Family Communication

2nd Edition

By Chris Segrin, Jeanne Flora

Routledge – 2012 – 494 pages

Series: Routledge Communication Series

Purchasing Options:

  • Add to CartPaperback: $99.95
    December 5th 2013
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    May 3rd 2011


Family Communication carefully examines state-of-the-art research and theories of family communication and family relationships. In addition to presenting cutting-edge research, it focuses on classic theories and research findings that have influenced and revolutionized the way scholars conceptualize family interaction. This text offers a thorough and up-to-date presentation of scientific research in family communication for both teachers and students of family communication as well as professionals who work with families.

This second edition features:

  • Chapters updated with the latest research, including over 2000 references.
  • Material on understudied family relationships, such as extended family relationships and gay and lesbian relationships
  • Recent research on understudied topics in family communication, including the influence of technology on mate selection, negotiating work and family stress, single parenting, cohabitation, elder abuse, forgiveness in marriage, and the links among communication, culture, and mental health.
  • A revised chapter on parent-child communication, taking a lifespan perspective that helps organize the large body of research in this area.
  • A new chapter devoted to extended family relationships, with special focus on grandparent-grandchild relationships, in-law relationships, and adult children and their parents.
  • An expanded review of family conflict processes, especially in relation to decision making and power.

A companion website provides chapter outlines, exam questions, and PowerPoint slides for students and instructors. Undergraduate readers should find the information easy to understand, while advanced readers, such as graduate students and professionals, will find it a useful 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."

Family Therapy

"…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."

John Caughlin

University of Illinois


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 Communication.

Extended Family Relationships.

Part III: Communication During Family Stress.

Models of Family Stress and Coping.

Normative and Nonnormative Family Stressors.


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.

Author Bio

Chris Segrin (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin) is Professor of Communication and Communication Department head at The University of Arizona. He specializes in interpersonal relationships and mental health. His research can be found in journals such as Human Communication Research, Communication Monographs, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, Communication Research, and Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Jeanne Flora (Ph.D., University of Kansas) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at New Mexico State University. Her research and teaching interests include interpersonal and family relationships, with a focus on relationship development and maintenance. Her research has been published in journals such as Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Journal of Family Psychology, Journal of Family Communication, and Human Communication Research.