CMST345 Test 1

  1. Family
    Blood ties and legal ties, networks of persons who live together over periods of time supporting each other, and groups of people who have marriage and kinship to one another.
  2. Two-parent biological family
    parents and children who are from the union of the parents.
  3. single-parent family
    One parent or one or more children
  4. Blended (step) family
    Adoption, remarriage, open-adoption
  5. Extended family
    Refers to a group of relatives in a nearby geographical area
  6. voluntaristic family
    a group of people who are unrelated and consider themselves to be family
  7. committed parnters
    couples without children
  8. boomerange kids
    kids who move out and come back
  9. family cohesion
    how close we are: disengaged, separated, connected, enmeshed
  10. family adaptability
    how much we can change: rigid, structured, flexible,  chaotic
  11. transactional communication
    participants are both affecting and being affected by others simultaneously
  12. primary family functions
    establishing a pattern of cohesion or separateness and connectedness and establishing a pattern of adaptability/ change
  13. secondary function
    establishing a satisfactory congruence of images, evolving modes of interaction into central family themes, establishing the boundaries of the family's world of experience, managing significant biosocial issues of family life
  14. relational dialectics
    Refers to the "both/and" qualities of relationships or the need for partners to simultaneously experience independence and connection. Openness-closedness, autonomy-connection, predictability-novelty
  15. Family ecosystems
    Influenced by outside forces. Eg. Neighborhoods, laws, etc.
  16. Wholeness
    Assumes that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts
  17. Interdependence
    The family members are dependent upon each other.
  18. Boundaries
    Decisions whether to talk about a particular subject or discussion, how to talk about the subject and timing of any discussion
  19. Calibration/feedback
    Making adjustments. Eg. Bedtime changing when you're a kid.
  20. Interactive complexity/punctuation
    Saying hi to someone who ignores you because they're still upset about your previous interaction.
  21. Equifinality
    Many ways to get to the same ending point
  22. Dialectical Theory
    Autonomy-connection, openness-closedness, predictability-novelty
  23. Social constructionism
    People make sense of the world by constructing their own model of the social world and how it works and language is viewed as critical to human society.
  24. Social interaction
    Self, meanings and construction of self come from interaction.
  25. Punctuation
    Refers to the interruption of the sequence of behavior at intervals in order to give it meaning or to indicate that "things started here."
  26. Chain network
    person a-person b-person c-person d
  27. Y
    person d-person c-person a/b
  28. wheel network
    person e handles everything
  29. all-channel
    everyone communicates with everyone
  30. distressed couples-gottmans findings
    • Gottman found that distressed couples express
    • their feelings, mind read, and disagree with negative nonverbal behavior
  31. Constitutive rules
    What counts as what Eg. what is affection within the family
  32. Regulative rules
    Acceptable communication behavior Eg. can yell at sister, not grandma
  33. Essential secrets
    talking about fears or insecurities, enhances closeness
  34. sweet secrets
    serve the purpose of protecting fun surprises and are usually time limited. disney
  35. toxic secrets
    poison family relationships. eg. alcoholism
  36. dangerous secrets
    "owners" in immediate danger. eg. sexual abuse
  37. taboo secrets
    secrets we don't talk about
  38. connected couples
    telling story together
  39. functional couples
    one tells, other agrees
  40. dysfunctional
    disagreeing couples
  41. positivity
    acting polite and cheerful, avoiding criticsm
  42. openness
    self-disclosure, sharing thoughts about the relationship
  43. assurances
    expressions of love, support and commitment
  44. social networks
    spending time with and including family/friends
  45. sharing tasks
    engaging in tasks that include the partners
  46. relational currencies
    favors, self-disclosure, touch, facial expressions, staying in touch
  47. chronicling
    providing information about life
  48. aggression as relational currency
    teasing and poking, like kids
  49. couple rituals
    couple time, idiosyncratic (fave places to eat), private codes (teasing), daily routines, intimacy expressions, mannerisms (sleeping same side of bed)
Card Set
CMST345 Test 1
Family Comm.