ERIC Number: ED298598
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Family Communication Patterns and the Flow of Information in the Family.
Ritchie, L. David
A study extended and elaborated the coorientation model as a basis for reinterpreting Steven H. Chaffee and Jack M. McLeod's (1970) construct of family communication patterns. Melvin L. Kohn's (1977) theory of the influence of life experiences (e.g., conditions of employment) on parenting values argues that socio-orientation might better be interpreted as a measure of norms promoting conformity, and concept-orientation as a measure of norms promoting independence and intellectual autonomy. Jeanne Meadowcroft's (1986) finding that socio-orientation decreases with the age of the child supports the conformity/autonomy interpretation, and contradicts the traditional harmony/confrontation interpretation of family communication patterns. The conformity/autonomy interpretation also provides a theoretically sound basis for integrating the results of previous family communication patterns research. (Twenty-two references and two appendixes containing Family Communication Pattern items and information flow measures are attached.) (Author/RAE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (71st, Portland, OR, July 2-5, 1988).