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 [interpersonal/small group/health communication]; M.A. & B.A., California State University, Long Beach [interpersonal/small group communication; communication theory and research) is nationally recognized as one of the leading scholars in family communication and in communication and disability. She is the immediate past president of the Western States Communication Association (2001-02) and is the recipient of numerous teaching and service awards (among them: 2002 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Achievement in the Social Sciences; 2002 NCA Presidential Citation for Service; 2001 Wayne Brockriede Scholar Award; 2000 ACA Gerald Phillips Mentoring Award), She has, as well, won an NCA Top Paper Award every year for the past 4 years. She is co-author of the college textbook" Case Studies in Interpersonal Communication" (Wadsworth, (c)2000) and sits or has sat on the following editorial journal boards: "Journal of Social and Personal Relationships; Journal of Family Communication; Western Journal of Communication; Communication Reports; Journal of Applied Communication Research; Southern Communication Journal; Communication Studies; Communication Monographs." She, along with co-editor Leslie Baxter, is one of the best connected and well-regarded scholars within the discipline.

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