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Genetic Conditions, Communication in Families

  • By: Karen Forrest
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

The definition of family communication is complex and depends on what is meant by family and communication. In this entry communication is seen as a verbal and nonverbal process made up of different signs and symbols, not just language and talking. The definition of family is also complex. In sociology families are viewed as a group of people whose structure is governed by the rules and beliefs of a particular society, not biological relationships alone. In Western societies families generally have two forms: nuclear and extended. The nuclear family is a small group of relatives, most commonly a mother, father, and their children. Extended family are more distant and do not usually live in the same household.

Genetic conditions are important to families and individuals because ...

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