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date: 17 April 2024

Family Communicationlocked

Family Communicationlocked

  • Michelle Miller-DayMichelle Miller-DayCommunication Studies, Chapman University

Summary

Families shape individuals throughout their lives, and family communication is the foundation of family life and functioning. It is through communication that families are defined and members learn how to organize meanings. When individuals come together to form family relationships, they create a system that is larger and more complex than the sum of its individual members. It is within this system that families communicatively navigate cohesion and adaptability; create family images, themes, stories, rituals, rules, and roles; manage power, intimacy, and boundaries; and participate in an interactive process of meaning-making, producing mental models of family life that endure over time and across generations.

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  • Interpersonal Communication

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