Family Communications Exam 1

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  1. Communication Rules
    shared understandings of what communication means and what kinds of communication are appropriate in various situations.
  2. relational rules
    rules developed implicitly or explicitly, unique to their connection, eventually rules become patterned
  3. Constitutive rules
    what counts as what--as communicators construct meanings. Some families consider respect as informing someone of changed plans while others think of it as respecting elders.
  4. Regulative rules
    Prescribe acceptable communication behavior--how, when, where and with whom you talk.
  5. Metarules
    Rules about rules. There are rules against seeing the rules and hence against seeing all the issues that arise from complying with or breaking them.
  6. Communication privacy management theory
    Control is a boundary issue because people believe private information is owned or co-owned with others and revealing private information may make one vulnerable.
  7. Sweet secrets
    Serve the purpose of protecting fun surprises and are usually time limited--Disney
  8. Essential secrets
    Support necessary boundaries defining a relationship, may include talk about fears or insecurities, which enhances closeness and fosters the development of self and relationships.
  9. Toxic secrets
    Poison family relationship, family issues and stories remain untold and unexplained
  10. Dangerous secrets
    Put the owners in immediate physical jeopardy or cause severe emotional turmoil. May involve physical or sexual abuse or threats of suicide or harm to others.
  11. bonding
    increase cohesiveness. couples sharing sexual intimacy.
  12. evaluation
    parent's may hide a child's sexual preference or multiple divorces to avoid judgement
  13. maintenance
    reliance on a sperm donor or unexpected inheritance may be kept a secret to prevent outside pressures
  14. privacy
    seen as personal/irrelevant to others. big purchases, pregnancy or income.
  15. defense
    protect information from outsiders who might use it against the family members.
  16. communication
    reflect a lack of open communication
  17. chain network
    when family members talk along a series of chains. may be vertical or horizontal (power-driven or equal-power). Keep some family members from communicating with one another.
  18. Y Network
    a key person channels messages from one person on a chain to one or more family members
  19. wheel network
    relies on one family members to serve as the cleaninghouse for relaying messages to other family members. puts pressure on the central figure to manage multiple messages continually.
  20. all-channel network
    supports exchanges between or among all family members, supporting direct interaction and maximum feedback.
  21. connected couples
    tell stores as if they are jointly owned by both partners
  22. functional couples
    demonstrate respect, validation, support while engaging in individual storytelling
  23. dysfunctional couples
    exhibit contradiction, disagreement and poor listening as each tells his or her stories
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Family Communications Exam 1
Family Communications Exam 1
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