Communication is the process of exchanging or imparting information, feelings, ideas, and concepts. Effective communication among couples and families is often regarded as tantamount to the success of such relationships. This entry addresses what communication is and how the process of communication is developed and agreed upon, and provides an example of a framework that is suitable for understanding how effective communication supports and strengthens family systems. Also discussed are variables affecting communication in family systems. Lastly, this entry addresses how communication processes change over the course of the family life cycle.

Types of Communication

Communication is commonly expressed in two ways, verbally and nonverbally. Both forms utilize a series of symbols to express the ideas, emotions, and other information they represent. Verbal communication is the use ...

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