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.

Dialectical Tensions in Families Experiencing Acute Health Issues: Stroke Survivors' Perceptions

Dialectical Tensions in Families Experiencing Acute Health Issues: Stroke Survivors' Perceptions

Dialectical tensions in families experiencing acute health issues: Stroke survivors' perceptions
Donna R.PawlowskiCreighton University

Communication in every family changes in response to physical health issues or has an effect on the course of physical health problems… we are just beginning to understand the complex ways family interaction and physical health interact.

—Segrin and Flora (2005, p. 324)

Families undergo change as part of the developmental life cycle of family functioning. Issues of health and wellness are certainly aspects throughout a family's life cycle. According to Bluvol and Ford-Gilboe (2004), a family's health status refers to how family members function vis-a-vis its quality of life, satisfaction with family life, or ability to engage in activities of daily living. ...

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