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Department
Communication Studies
Course
COMN 2111
Professor
Dalton Kehoe
Semester
Fall

Description
Communication in Everyday Life Lecture – March 27 , 2014 Family Communication Why Families? • To meet all our needs (Maslow’s needs) Family Definition • “networks of people who share their lives over long periods of time; who are  bound by ties of marriage, blood or commitment, legal or otherwise; who consider  themselves as family; and who share future expectations of connected  relationships” Functions of the family • Internal o Provide care o Socialization o Intellectual development o Emotional support and development o Recreation • External o Transmission of cultural values o Adaptation to social change Structures of the Family • Power­authority structure o Power held by one or both parents o Children develop own power o Clear authority line or variable • Decision­making style o Forcing/accommodation/compromise o Collaboration o Ad hoc • Interaction Structure o Who talks to whom about what Family as “People­making Factories” • Family communication shapes o Self­concept and self­esteem o Cognitive and emotional development • Particularly when child’s behavior doesn’t fit family “rules” Family Communication Rules • Regulative rules – guides to action • Obligatory: explicit: “you must” “you have to” or implicit example setting • Appropriate: not force of obligation but deemed “good behavior” • Constitutive rules – how certain communicative acts are to be counted o “helping your brother means you care” o “Snide remarks are a sign of disrespect” How he family communicates its views of child: review • direct definition  • labels (+ and ­) and instruction • not only defines self but self­worth (role names and character names) • Identity scripts • Who we are, how we are supposed to live, including T.A’s ok/not ok life positions • Attachment styles o Secure, fearful, dismissive, anxious Parenting Goals: Br right or develop child’s character? LIGHT CONTROL TALK: VARIABLE EFFECTIVENESS • Teaching • Advising • Coaching • Placating • Lecturing • Judging • Derailing • Mind reading • Moralizing • Ineffective praising HEAVY CONTROL TALK: INEFFECTIVE • Ordering • Threatening • Pitying • Shaming • Interrogating • Denying AUTHORITATIVE PARENTING MEANS DIALOGUE • Description o Try to stay as close to the bottom of the inference ladder as possible o Description is about “what is” (as you perceive, understand it) not about 
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