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Chapter 11 Family - a group of people who create and maintain a mutual identity, emotional bonds and communication boundaries through how they interact with each other and with others; who share a common past, present and future; and who may or may not share a biological heritage Nuclear family - a wife, husband and their biological or adopted children. They represent the minority of families in the United States and not all have stay-at-home moms and working dads. Gay/lesbian family - two people of the same sex governing a household and serving as parent figures for the biological or adopted children of at least one of them Extended family - when relatives such as aunts, uncles, parents, children, and grandparents live together in a common household Blended family - a husband and wife parent at least one child who is not biological offspring of both adults. Often called “stepfamilies” or “remarried” families Cohabitating couples - consist of two unmarried romantically involved adults living together in a household with or without children Single-parent family - only one adult resides in the household, possessing sole responsibility as caregiver for the children Family communication patterns - members possess beliefs about how they should communicate and interact. Conversation orientation - the degree to which family members view communication as the principal vehicle for maintaining family bonds. High conversation orientation means rituals . Low conversation orientation families view interpersonal communication as something irrelevant and unnecessary for a satisfying, successful family life. Conformity orientation - the degree to which families believe that communication should emphasize similarity or diverse attitudes, beliefs and values. High conformity families use their interactions to highlight and enforce uniformity of thought. Members tend to prioritize family relationships over outside connections such as friendships and romantic involvements. They are expected to sacrifice personal goals for the sake of the
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course COM 225 taught by Professor Morrison during the Fall '08 term at Michigan State University.

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chapter 11 (full) - Chapter 11 Family- a group of people...

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