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ERIC Number: EJ1079206
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1740-4622
Relational Framing Theory and Coming-Out Narratives: A Data Analysis Activity
Helens-Hart, Rose
Communication Teacher, v29 n4 p196-200 2015
Coming-out scenarios have been described as potentially traumatic events that change the parent-child relationship (MacDonald, 1983). Little research in the field of communication studies has been conducted on how the process of coming out unfolds within families (Valentine, Skelton, & Butler, 2003). The exercise described in this article encourages students potentially to pursue this line of research or seek new contexts in which relational framing theory (RFT) could provide important insights. Since coming-out scenarios often involve heightened emotions and signify a change in the parent-child relationship, they are ideally explored using RFT. The goals for this activity are to (a) practice data analysis utilizing a specific theory, (b) identify the presence of relational frames and judgments to become more familiar with the interpersonal dimensions of coming-out interactions, (c) appreciate a multiplicity of data interpretations through the practice of group coding, and (d) practice evaluating the quality of data interpretations. A combined list of references and suggested readings is included.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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