Family communication: Patterns theory a grand theory of family communication

Ascan F Koerner, Paul Schrodt, Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

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Family Communication Patterns Theory is a general theory of family communication that focuses on parent-child communication concerned with establishing a shared social reality. It identifies basic processes of coming to a shared agreement that impact not only concurrent communication behaviors, but long-term information processing, psychosocial, and behavioral outcomes as well.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEngaging Theories in Family Communication
Subtitle of host publicationMultiple Perspectives
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781351790680
ISBN (Print)9781138700932
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


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