The Family Communication Sourcebook provides an in-depth examination of contemporary theory and research in the area of family communication. This unique collection offers a state-of-the art approach by pairing conceptual pieces with original studies in the same general topic area. Editors Lynn H. Turner and Richard West present readers with a thoughtful and thorough exploration of the critical issues facing family communication researchers today.

Orchestrating and Directing Domestic Potential through Communication: Toward a Positive Reframing of “Discipline”

Orchestrating and Directing Domestic Potential through Communication: Toward a Positive Reframing of “Discipline”

Orchestrating and directing domestic potential through communication: Toward a positive reframing of “discipline”
Thomas J.SochaOld Dominion University

Each generation develops its own meanings for concepts such as “children,” “caregivers,” and “caring relationships” These meanings are informed by traditions, personal memories and experiences, and societal discourse encountered in relationships and exposure to media. Developmental psychology and education continue to figure large in societal discourse about childhood and child care practices (James, Jenks, & Prout, 1998). But scholars, recognizing the need for more comprehensive images and broader understandings of childhood (Lamb & Hwang, 1996), are now opening doors to other fields, not only to better understand today's children but also to develop child care practices that ...

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