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Family Communication
Nurturing and Control in a Changing World



February 2006 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Family Communication: Nurturing and Control in a Changing World thoroughly reviews the traditional family communication theories of roles theory, family systems theory, and rules theory in an engaging, non-traditional way. This book uniquely organizes the study of family communication around the concepts of nurturing and control in all family relationships, across all family forms, and their relationships to psychological processes and communicative outcomes in families. Key Features: Looks at Family in All Forms: Traditional nuclear; non-traditional nuclear; bi-nuclear families; cohabitation, single-parent households; step-family and blended configurations; gay families; couples with no children; and extended families are all examined. While not all families fit neatly within any of the traditional definitions, this book articulates a sentiment that most students can resonate toùthat all family forms include some form of nurturing and control. Explores Sociological and Psychological Factors: Various forces such as governmental, religious, media influences, and social science research, cause us to assume most families are traditional and nuclear, using biological, legal, and sociological definitions. In addition to the sociological and psychological bases of developmental processes, the development of parental attachment is fully discussed, showing how nurturing and controlling communication processes encourage socio-emotional competence in children. Explicates New Research Findings: A new family communication theoryùInconsistent Nurturing as Control Theoryùexplores the ways in which family members attempt to change the undesirable behaviors of a particular family member (e.g., substance abuser, eating disordered individual, gambler, depressed person, violent individual) through their use of nurturing as control. Intended Audience: Perfect for the introductory undergraduate course in Family Communication; as well as courses in Sociology, Social and Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology, Family Counseling, Family Education, and Home Economics
 
Introduction
 
1. Introduction: Families, Communication, and Family Communication
Families  
Communication  
Family Communication  
Why Communication is Central to Families  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Questions for Application  
 
2. Family Forms in Our Changing Society
Introduction - The Family Context  
Societal Influences on the Family Form  
Family Forms  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Questions for Application  
 
3. Theoretical Approaches to Understanding Communication in the Family
Introduction of Theory  
Roles Theory  
Family Systems Theory  
Rules Theory  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Questions for Application  
 
4. Forming the New Family Pairing - Two Become One
Social Psychological Bases of Attraction  
Psycho-Analytic Bases of Attraction  
Relational Stages of Development  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Questions for Application  
 
5. Communication in the Newly Formed Family - Adding Children
The Effects of Pregnancy on Communication  
Addition of the Child and Changes in Communication  
Communication in Sibling Relationships  
Adding Children Through Remarriage: Communication in the Step-Parent-Step-Child Relationship  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Questions for Application  
 
6. Nurturing and Controlling Communication: Raising Socio-Emotionally and Intellectually Competent Children
Control - Providing Discipline and Guidance through Communication  
Nurturing - Providing Support and Love  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Questions for Applications  
 
7. Nurturing Communication in Marital Relationships: Encouraging Closeness, Stability, and Satisfaction through Communication
Introduction  
Maintaining Closeness in Marital Relationships  
The Communication of Closeness in the Marital Relationship  
Factors Related to Marital Satisfaction which May Affect Marital Communication  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Questions for Application  
 
8. Control in Marital Relationships and the Family
Introduction  
The Nature of Conflict  
Models of Conflict  
Conflict Styles  
Conflict Strategies (Interpersonal Influence Strategies)  
The Nature of Violence  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Questions for Application  
 
9. Nurturing and Controlling Communication Surrounding Undesirable Behavior in the Family
Introduction  
Undesirable Behavior in the Family  
The Potential Role of Communication and Problematic Behavior in Families  
Family Systems Theory  
Coercion Theory  
Inconsistent Nurturing as Control Theory  
Key Terms  
Questions for Application  
 
10. Family Communication: Providing Nurturing and Control in a Changing World
Introduction - What We Have Learned  
The Current Configuration of Families: Nurturing and Controlling Communication  
Improving Family Communication  
Summary  
Key Terms  
Questions for Application  

This is an excellent book, well written and easy to read. I will be recommending my students read this books as spans all the modules throughout the course. I particularly like the summary, key terms and application to practice at the end of each chapter.

Pat Hosgood
Faculty of Health Ormskirk, Edge Hill University
November 12, 2014

A very useful book for anyone who works with families and who wants to better understand the relationship between nurture and control in the family dynamic.

Ms Angela Hilton
School of Education, Wolverhampton University
March 19, 2014

A good book to support family practitioners in their work with families

Mrs Maria Johnson
Community Learning Service, North East Lincolnshire Council
June 28, 2013

Textbook has been adopted through the UCSB Bookstore for Fall 2012 Quarter. which will begin on September 21, 2012.

Professor is requesting: 2 Desk Copies.

Miss Mary Hilligoss
Department of Communication, University of California at Santa Barbara
July 10, 2012

I am more than happy to add this text to the Year 1 FdA student supplementary reading list for the Interpersonal and Communication Skills module. Even though much of the text is beyond the level of depth that needed by the year 1 students in the study of their module, there are some really useful sections in the book that the students will find very useful, because aspects of these topics are covered in the schedule of work. The overview of the importance of communication in families, the sections on raising communicative children and resolving conflict in family situations through effective communication are particularly useful. There is a useful reference list in the book that will help to point students undertaking our module onto further relevant reading. I like the summaries at the end of every chapter and i think the book could do with some more pictures, especially in colour.

Mr Rhisiart Tal-e-bot
early years and education, Cornwall College
April 4, 2012

A good introduction to the diversity of differing family groups in today's society. A range of issues that happen within families is explores and the book introduces a new theory which looks at the way families modify undesirable behaviour within the family. Suitable for Foundation Degree level courses concerned with Society and working with Families ie Social Work and Social Care.

Mrs Jacqui Fromberg
Faculty of Health, Community and Care, Croydon College
September 26, 2011

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