COM 225 Chapter 10 - Family Interaction Com 225 Overview...

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Family Interaction Com 225
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Overview Definition of family Family systems Structures Functions Evolution Family life cycle Family rules Family subsystems Families and communication competence
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What is the “family”? Remember, no “right” definition “A network of people who live together over long periods of time bound by ties of marriage, blood, or commitment, legal or otherwise” Who does this include? Who does this exclude?
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Family structure Power Power-authority structure Positional structure Person-oriented structure
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Decision-making structures Positional structure Person-oriented structure Consensus Accommodation De facto
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Interaction structures Communication network Centralized Decentralized
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Centralized communication network MOM GRANDMA AUNT SISTER BROTHER
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Decentralized communication network GRANDMA AUNT SISTER BROTHER
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Characteristics of family structures Boundaries Open Closed Random Enmeshed Disengaged
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This note was uploaded on 11/04/2009 for the course COM 225 taught by Professor Morrison during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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COM 225 Chapter 10 - Family Interaction Com 225 Overview...

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