Toward a theory of family communication

Ascan F. Koerner, Mary Anne Fitzpatrick

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In this article, the authors develop a theory of family communication that is based on the schematic representation of relational knowledge. They discuss pertinent issues surrounding family communication and develop a general model of the role of relational schemas for interpersonal communication. Taking the specific environment of family communication into consideration, the authors then develop a theory of family communication based on a family relationship schema and describe the schema's location in cognition, its content, and its role in family communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)70-91
Number of pages22
JournalCommunication Theory
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2002


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