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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
|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.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Other chapters within the Communications 102: Interpersonal Communication course
- Overview of Interpersonal Communication
- The Impact of Culture on Interpersonal Communication
- Perception & Self-Awareness in Interpersonal Communication
- The Importance of Effective Listening
- Understanding Verbal & Nonverbal Communication
- Overview & Principles of Conversation Management
- Relationship Theory in Interpersonal Communication
- Communication in Relationships
- The Process of Conflict Management
- The Role of Power in Interpersonal Relationships
- Emotions & Emotional Expression
- Interpersonal Communication in Love & Relationships
- Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace
- Computer-Mediated Communication
- Studying for Communications 102