Ch 12: Communication Between Family & Friends

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Communication Between Family & Friends-Chapter Summary & Learning Objectives

What does communication look like when we use it with our families and friends? In this chapter, you'll take a look at the characteristics of communication with friends and family members. Use the lesson quizzes within this chapter to evaluate your learning. By the end of this chapter, you should be able to understand:

  • How families are defined
  • How communication patterns differ between family and friends
  • What elements influence communication with family and friends
  • The various levels of friendship

VideoObjective
What is Family?-Definition, Characteristics & Types Discover the meaning of family, its features, and the different kinds of family.
Family Communication Patterns Study the numerous family communication patterns.
Influences on Family Communication: Culture, Gender & Technology Explore how culture, gender, and technology impact communication between family members.
Friends & Communication: Definition, Types & Aspects Examine the meaning of friends and identify the different kinds of friends.
Needs in a Friendship: Utility, Affirmation, Ego, Support, Stimulation & Security Understand the essential needs in a friendship.
The Stages of Friendship: Contact, Involvement & Close/Intimate Analyze the phases of friendship.
Influences on Communication Amongst Friends: Culture, Gender & Technology Identify how culture, gender, and technology affect the ways in which friends communicate.

8 Lessons in Chapter 12: Communication Between Family & Friends
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What is Family? - Definition, Characteristics & Types

1. What is Family? - Definition, Characteristics & Types

Though family is widely characterized as two parents and their children, it isn't always so simple. Explore the broader definition of family, learning the key characteristics, functions, and types in the US.

Family Communication Patterns

2. Family Communication Patterns

Family communication encompasses the exchanged messages, and dynamics between family members. Explore the common patterns of communication studied: monopoly vs equality, and balanced split vs unbalanced split.

Influences on Family Communication: Culture, Gender & Technology

3. Influences on Family Communication: Culture, Gender & Technology

Family communication encompasses the social dynamics in a family system, influenced by a variety of factors. Identify examples of how culture, gender, and technology all interact with family communication.

Friends & Communication: Definition, Types & Aspects

4. Friends & Communication: Definition, Types & Aspects

Communication between friends can appear in specific types, notating the level or dynamic of the relationship. Explore the appearance of association, receptivity, interdependence, and reciprocity between friends.

Needs in a Friendship: Utility, Affirmation, Ego Support, Stimulation & Security

5. Needs in a Friendship: Utility, Affirmation, Ego Support, Stimulation & Security

Friendships are supported by a series of elements that sustain a healthy relationship. Learn the importance of the five major types of needs in a friendship: Utility, affirmation, stimulation, support, and security.

The Stages of Friendship: Contact, Involvement & Close/Intimate

6. The Stages of Friendship: Contact, Involvement & Close/Intimate

Though some may feel like it, friendships aren't instant; rather, they form in stages. Delve into the three stages of forming a good friendship: contact, involvement, and intimacy.

Influences on Communication Amongst Friends: Culture, Gender & Technology

7. Influences on Communication Amongst Friends: Culture, Gender & Technology

Communication is a key feature of friendship, the platonic relationship with a higher degree of intimacy than an acquaintance. Learn the criteria for friendships, and the communication influenced by culture, gender, and technology.

Communicating With and About People with Disabilities

8. Communicating With and About People with Disabilities

In communication with people with disabilities, it can often be difficult to determine how to best interact with them. Examine life with a disability, then learn how to communicate with and about people with disabilities.

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