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.

Defining the Family through Relationships

Defining the Family through Relationships

Defining the family through relationships
KoryFloydArizona State University
Alan C.MikkelsonWhitworth College
JeffJuddArizona State University

The family may be the most ubiquitous of all human relationships, and for good reason. Humans' psychologically ingrained need for belonging and attachment (Baumeister & Leary, 1995), coupled with our protracted period of infant dependence, give the familial unit, in whatever form, a host of vital roles to play in human well-being. Despite its importance—or perhaps, in part, because of it—the family is a challenging institution to define. As Galvin (Chapter 1, this volume) rightly notes, contemporary family life is fraught with definitional instability, and as diversity in family forms increases, so too does uncertainty about where the boundary around the concept of family should be drawn. The family may ...

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