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The Darker Side of Family Communication

The Harmful, the Morally Suspect, and the Socially Inappropriate


Edited By Loreen N. Olson and Mark A. Fine

This volume advances theory and research by presenting original, empirical studies as well as theoretical and methodological overviews on dark family communication processes.
Taking an interdisciplinary and international approach, the volume includes contributions from the most respected scholars in their specialty areas. It is the first published work on the dark side of family communication scholarship to include critical theorizing. This makes it an important contribution to family communication research in general and dark side work more specifically. Such chapters examine how gender, race, class, and sexual orientation impact and are impacted by dark family communication. In addition to a micro, interaction-based exploration of how social location and dark family communication processes intersect, some chapters offer more social critiques of dark family communication (and how it is socially constructed) at a macro-level.
The volume is intended for scholars, researchers, and graduate students interested in the dark side of family communication and family dynamics. It is also well suited for advanced undergraduate or graduate courses in family communication, dark side of family communication, family processes, family dynamics, family conflict, and family stress and coping.
Contents: Chris Segrin/Analisa Arroyo: Mental Health Problems in Family Contexts – Michelle Miller-Day/Sam M. Dorros/L. Edward Day: The Impact of Maternal and Paternal Communication Dominance on Offspring’s Negative Self-Talk, Depression, and Suicidality – Ashley P. Duggan/Brielle Kilmartin: Parental and Sibling Behaviors that Encourage Daughters’ Continued Eating Disorders: An Inconsistent Nurturing as Control Perspective – Danna M. Gibson/Lynne M. Webb/Laveda I. Joseph: The ADHD-Diagnosed Child: Does Family Communication Environment Contribute to the Decision to Medicate? – Ine Beyens/Steven Eggermont: Dark Climates and Media Use in the Family: The Associations among Child Temperament, Maternal Mental Well-Being, and the Frequency of Mothers’ Use of Television Viewing to Soothe Their Children – Cheryl Buehler/Bridget B. Weymouth/Nan Zhou: Marital Hostility and Parent-Youth Hostility During Early Adolescence – Anita L. Vangelisti: Hurt Feelings in Family Relationships: Social Pain and Social Interaction – Mei-Chen Lin/Howard Giles/Jordan Soliz: Problematic Intergenerational Communication and Caregiving in the Family: Elder Abuse and Neglect – Jessica J. Eckstein: Is Love Blind to Abuse? Factors Affecting Victims’ Preferences for Love-Communication from Abusive Romantic Partners – Chana Etengoff: «You say you love me, but you don’t support me»: Coming-Out Communication within Religious Family Contexts – Kristin L. Anderson: Violence as Gendered Communication in Families – Tricia K. Neppl/Jennifer M. Senia/M. Brent Donnellan: The Effects of Economic Pressure on Couple Communication, Parenting, and Child Cognitive Development – Sharde’ Davis/Tamara D. Afifi: Complicating the Dark Side of Family Communication Through Postpositivist, Interpretivist, and Critical Perspectives – Lynn M. Harter/Charee M. Thompson/Raymie E. Mckerrow: Foucault, Poststructural Feminism, and the Family: Posing New Questions, Pursuing New Possibilities – Thomas J. Socha: Illuminating Darkness: An Epilogue.