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Communication in families , Social penetration theory.docx

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Communication in families , Social penetration theory Communication in families is influenced by a number of factors: • Intimacy: to what degree are members involved & interested in each other Individuality: to what degree are members individuated Externalities: to what degree are outside influences felt within the family The way we interact in families – the pattern of our relationships – is typified by two orientations to communication • Conversation orientation: volume and frequency of interaction in the family • Conformity orientation: strength of hierarchies in the family On the basis of these two orientations, a variety of family-types can be identified • Consensual: high conversation/conformity–value stability– interdependent • Pluralistic: high conversation/low conformity–value individuals– participatory • Protective: low conversation/high conformity–value obedience–avoid conflict • Laissez-faire: low conversation/conformity
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