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The discipline of communication has grown in popularity from the time professors of journalism and speech decided, in the mid-1960s, that the term “communication” was an excellent general descriptor for the theory and research that each group aspired to create.  Over time, the two groups grew closer and recognized significant overlap in their theoretical and research interests, but there were also differences in their traditions that kept them apart.  While both groups agreed that communication is a practical discipline, journalism professors focused a great deal of their attention on the education of media professionals.  Speech professors, on the other hand, often were more oriented to the liberal arts and valued the fact that communication could be approached from a variety of traditions, including the arts, ...

Children, Parents, and Grandparents
Children, parents, and grandparents

Did you know?

In the year 2000 …

U.S. Population Census, 2000
  • Children under the age of 18 represented 26% of the population of the United States, and 90% (64.7 million) of those children live with at least one parent.
  • Multigenerational households make up nearly 4% of all U.S. households.
  • 2.4 million (42%) grandparents living in multigenerational households also had primary responsibility for caring for their grandchildren younger than 18.
  • 43% women and 56% men ages 18–24 lived at home with a parent.

Families with children form a substantial number of households in the United States. In the best of times, families can be complicated, and the complex nature of families is not restricted to their structure (e.g., two-parent, single-parent, or multigenerational families). Unlike sociologists, ...

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