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This advanced text carefully examines state-of-the-art research and theories of family communication and family relationships. In addition to presenting cutting-edge research, authors Chris Segrin and Jeanne Flora focus on classic theories and research findings that have influenced and revolutionized the way scholars conceptualize family interaction. Showing that answers to many questions about family communication can be found in current scientific research, the book introduces readers to fundamental issues in the study of family communication; explores what is known about communication in different types of families and family relationships; and examines problematic issues in family communication.
Family Communication offers a thorough and up-to-date presentation of scientific research in family communication for students and teachers of family communication, as well as professionals who work with families. Undergraduate readers will find the text to be accessible, engaging andeasy to understand while graduate students and professionals will utilize the work as a comprehensive reference to classic and contemporary research on family communication and relationships.
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Chris Segrin is a behavioral scientist whose research interests focus on interpersonal and family relationships and their association with various mental health problems. He is Professor of Communication, with appointments in Family Studies and Psychology, at the University of Arizona, where he is also Head of the Communication Department. He teaches courses on interpersonal, family, and nonverbal communication, as well as research methods and statistics.
Professor Segrin is presently the editor of Communication Theory and author of the book Interpersonal Processes in Psychological Problems. His research can be found in journals such as Human Communication Research, Communication Monographs, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Family Communication, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology. Professor Segrin is presently engaged in NIH funded research on martial communication patterns and depression among women undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
Jeanne Flora is Associate Professor of Speech Communication at the University of La Verne, where she also chairs the Speech Communication Department. Professor Flora's primary research interests include romantic relationship development and maintenance. Her research can be found in journals such as Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Journal of Family Psychology, Journal of Family Communication, and Human Communication Research. Professor Flora teaches courses in interpersonal, family, and intercultural communication, as well as communication theory. She has worked to develop new courses in family communication at the undergraduate and graduate level.
"Family Communication offers a thorough and up-to-date presentation of scientific research in family communication for students and teachers of family communication, as well as professionals who work with families."
"...an intriguing book filled with an integration of current research findings from various disciplines on all aspects of family communication. A very thorough reference section adds scholarly value to the text. Segrin and Flora provide us with an exceptional overview of family communications. The beginning student and experienced clinician would benefit by reading the text. It is the best book on family communication....easy to read, informative, and exceptionally stimulating."
―The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families
"The text integrates classic and historical research with current and cutting edge research on families, and the result is...comprehensive. One would be hard pressed to find a line of research relevant to families that is not at least referred to here."
―Benjamin R. Karney
University of Florida
"The scope and detail in each chapter is very impressive. The literature reviewed is...very up to date. I found the writing accessible and clear....This is clearly a high quality piece of scholarship....It is appropriate for an advanced undergraduate course or introductory master's class."
University of Illinois
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