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Communication Begins with Children

A Lifespan Communication Sourcebook


Edited By Thomas J. Socha and Narissra Maria Punyanunt-Carter

Communication Begins with Children: A Lifespan Communication Sourcebook seeks to transform the field of communication, arguing that the field must stop neglecting and segregating children and instead adopt an age-inclusive lifespan approach that fully includes and fully considers children in all communication theorizing, research, and education from infancy and throughout the human lifespan. One-size-fits-all, adult-centric communication theorizing, researching, and educating is inadequate and harms the communication field’s potential as a social force for positive change for all communicators. The volume contains four sections (Foundations, Relational Communication Development, Digital Communication Development, and Navigating Developmental Communication Challenges) that showcase state-of-the-art chapters about the history of children’s relational and digital communication studies, methods used to study children’s communication, media literacy development, communication and children’s health, and much more. A must read for all communication researchers, educators, and students and an important addition to advanced and graduate level human and digital communication courses.

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About the Co-editors


Narissra Maria Punyanunt-Carter (Ph.D., Kent State University, 2002) is an Assistant Dean of international affairs for the College of Media and Communication. She is a Full Professor in the department of communication studies at Texas Tech University. She was just elected as Vice Chair-Elect of the Elementary and Secondary Education Section and is currently the past chair of the Mass Communication Division and “The Family Communication Division” of the National Communication Association. She was elected to serve on NCA’s Nominating Committee and appointed to serve on NCA’s Doctoral Program Committee. She was just awarded Texas Tech University’s 2018 Professing Excellence Award. Dr. Punyanunt-Carter’s research interests include romantic relationships, computer-mediated communication, father-daughter communication, and mass media portrayals of romance. She has published 12 book chapters and 70+ journal articles. She has been listed as a lead article many times, is a consultant for several book publishers, and has published many articles, which have been featured in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, & Social Networking, Southern Communication Journal, Howard Journal of Communication, Communication Research Reports, and Communication Quarterly. She has devoted an extraordinary amount of work towards her discipline, department, the university, and the community of Lubbock. She has served as a permanent or ad-hoc reviewer for ten different peer-reviewed journals. In 2020 for the Eastern Communication Association conference, she has received two top paper awards. She has won numerous teaching and advising awards.

Thomas J. Socha (Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1988) is University Professor of Communication, in the Department of...

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