ERIC Number: ED218554
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Two Studies in Member Perceptions of Family Communication. Part I: Perceived Similarity in Intergenerational Communication Style. Part II: A Factor Analytic Study of Family Communication Patterns.
Buerkel-Rothfuss, Nancy L.; Yerby, Janet
Similarities between parents and children have been of interest throughout history, but little work has been done in the area of communication similarities. To study the intergenerational continuity of communication style, the first of two studies examined the correlations between certain readily-identifiable aspects of parental communication style and the child's perception of his/her own use of those same behaviors. Subjects in both studies were two independent samples of college students (N=196 and N=369). Correlations were significant for virtually all pairs. Only two exceptions were noted: "looking on the bright side" was not positively associated between mother and child nor was becoming angry for no apparent reason. In the second study, a factor analytic investigation of specific dimensions of family behavior described in a family systems model provided support for viewing families as establishing themselves along a continuum, depending on their distance-regulating behaviors. (JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Styles
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (Milwaukee, WI, October 13-17, 1981).