COM225;CH11-12Guide - COM 225; Chapter 11 Notes 21:40...

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COM 225; Chapter 11 Notes 21:40 Relationships with Family and Friends Opening Story Summary: Joanne was raised in an open, supportive family. However, in high school her mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and died shortly after. Joanne (JK Rowling) went on to channel her sorrow into her novels, Harry Potter. During her grief, she met Fiona Wilson who loaned her the money to go to teaching school, a demonstration of her loyal friendship. Focus On Culture Summary: Robyn Lewis, who homeschooled her children, still has high involvement in their lives (check bank accounts, read papers). Studies show that autonomy and connection differs among class lines. Upper/Middle income families often times dominate children lives leaving them with no autonomy. Lower income parents tend to view their role as allowing their children to mature without adult interference and allow the to enter college or work world with their own views. Public/Elementary schools in US endorse intense connection while some in universities feel this reliance can hurt them come college time. Between 1970 and 2000, the percentage of all American households comprising married couple with biological children declined from 40% to just 24%. By 2007, the number of single mother families in the US grew to 10.4 million and single father to 2.5 million. In 2007, ¼ Canadian families with children was a single-parent household. Family contains FIVE characteristics: 1) Families create a sense of family identity thought interpersonal communication 2) The bonds are usually emotionally intense 3) Use interpersonal communication to define boundaries, both inside and out 4) Share a history 5) Often share genetic material
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Family Types: Nuclear- husband, wife, biological or adopted children Gay/Lesbian- two members of same sex, adopted children or biological to one Extended- aunts, uncles, parents, children, and grandparents under the same roof Blended- husband and wife parent at least one child who is not the biological offspring of both adults. Cohabiting Couples- two, unmarried, romantically involved adults live together without children Single Parent- one adult holds sole responsibility for child Nuclear families are considered minority 1.5 to 2 million lesbian/gay families currently live in the US By 2050, 100 million people in the US will be over the age of 65 and many will be sharing households with relatives 40% of marriages in US are remarriages for one of both partners More than 50% of children born throughout the 21 st century will grow up in blended families Communication Patterns: Consists of conversation orientation and conformity orientation . Four types: 1) Consensual Families- high conversation/high conformity 2) Pluralistic Families- high conversation/low conformity 3) Protective Families- low conversation/high conformity 4) Laissez-Fair Families- low conversation/low conformity
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Maintenance Strategies for Families: 1) Positivity: communicating in an upbeat and hopeful fashion
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This note was uploaded on 11/30/2011 for the course COM 225 taught by Professor Morrison during the Spring '08 term at Michigan State University.

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COM225;CH11-12Guide - COM 225; Chapter 11 Notes 21:40...

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