Family Communication and Conflict pt 1 Rev 08

Family Communication and Conflict pt 1 Rev 08 - Involves...

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Family Communication and Conflict Chapter Four
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Key Concepts of Systems Framework Establishing boundaries – every system has some border between it and its environment Closed boundaries – no information in or out Open boundaries – information is unobstructed, families lose identity Maintaining balance – families work to achieve and maintain homeostasis
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Symbolic Interaction Framework All human behavior revolves around social behavior where there is an exchange of messages and symbolic meanings between actors. Symbols - used to share meanings Roles – a system of meanings Role strain – competing demands from multiple roles Role conflict –conflicting role pressures
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Types of Communication Communication – the process of making and sharing meanings Transaction – parties act as senders and receivers of information Process – dynamic and ever changing Involves Co-Construction – constructing definitions
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Unformatted text preview: Involves Symbols used to construct meanings and definitions Nonverbal Communication Emotional communication gestures and movements that convey our emotions 6 Functions: 1. complement our words 2. contradict our words 3. accent our words 4. repeat our words 5. substitute for our words 6. help to regulate our communication Relational and Non-relational messages Relational those having something to do with the partnership Non-relational those dealing with issues or topics outside of the relationship Decoding interpreting the unspoken exchanges Types of Emotional Messages Positive : Love, pleasure, affection Negative: Anger and irritation Neutral: Non-specific, ambiguous, hard to interpret Private Couple Meanings Special interaction between partners Predictive in nature Based on information that only partners share with one another...
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2011 for the course WOST 301 taught by Professor Bessellieu during the Fall '08 term at South Carolina.

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