Advancing Family Communication Theory and Research: A Special Issue of Journal of Family Communication

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Thomas J. Socha, Dawn O. Braithwaite, Deborah Ballard-Reisch, Daniel J. Weigel
Erlbaum Associates, Jan 1, 2004 - Family & Relationships - 345 pages
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Collectively, the articles in this special double issue of the Journal of Family Communication journey into uncharted theoretical and methodological space on the family communication frontier. This issue celebrates the status and continuing development of theory in family communication. The first part begins with four "Narratives of Family Communication Theory Development" in which communication theorists write the story of developing their theories and discuss the contributions and anticipated future directions of the theories. Next are competitively-selected articles on family communication theory and theoretical work that is making important contributions to family communication scholarship. The second part of this double issue brings together a diverse, multidisciplinary compilation of papers and approaches that identify a challenge or opportunity in family communication research, and then advances and explains an appropriate method(s) for addressing those challenges or opportunities. The first article in this section offers two well-developed methodological techniques for studying data from multiple family members. In the next paper the author advocates collaboration among family communication researchers and physiological scientists to further examine the associations between physiological markers and communication processes and outcomes. The third article presents an approach to family communication research that advances beyond traditional concepts of verbal and nonverbal interaction and explores how family members communicate with one another on the level of human energy fields. Finally-in a point of view piece-the authors pull together key factors that will be fundamental to the continued evolution or family research methodology and keep researchers looking beyond the traditional boundaries of family communication research.

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Dawn O. Braithwaite (Ph.D., University of Minnesota; M.A., California State University, Long Beach, B.A., California State University Fullerton) is nationally recognized as one of the leading scholars in family communication. She was president of the National Communication Association in 2010, past president of the Western States Communication Association (2000), and past chair of the Interpersonal Communication Division at NCA. She was named the Distinguished Scholar by the Western States Communication Association in 2014. Braithwaite is the recipient of numerous research and service awards (among them: 2011 NCA Family Communication Division Distinguished Book Award, 2007 WSCA Distinguished Service Award, 2006 NCA Brommel Award for Family Communication, 2002 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Achievement in the Social Sciences, 2000 ACA Gerald Phillips Mentoring Award), and numerous Top Paper Awards in interpersonal and family communication. She is a Senior Research Fellow of the Council on Contemporary Families. She is co-author of the college textbooks Family communication: Cohesion and change (Pearson, (c), 2015), Casing Interpersonal Communication (Kendall Hunt, (c)2011, 2015) and Engaging Theories in Family Communication (Sage, (c)2006) and sits or has sat on many editorial journal boards including: Journal of Social and Personal Relationships; Journal of Family Communication; Western Journal of Communication; Journal of Applied Communication Research; Communication Studies; and Communication Monographs. She, along with co-editor Paul Schrodt, is one of the best connected and well-regarded scholars within the discipline.

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