Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

Living Edition
| Editors: Jay Lebow, Anthony Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Communication in Couples and Families

  • Rebecca Bokoch
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_1143-1

Name of Theory

Communication in Couples and Families

Synonyms

Introduction

Communication is the process of sharing information. It goes beyond the content of the information being shared to encompass the way the information is being shared between people. Communication also reveals information about how people connect and the relationships between people. The process of communicating includes thinking, expressing, listening, interpreting, understanding, and responding (Koerner and Fitzpatrick 2002). Almost everything is a form of communication, including spoken words, sounds, body posture, text, and even silence. Even not speaking is a form of communicating, as it can also hold meaning and value and conveys information in itself (Watzlawick et al. 1967). For example, a teenage daughter falls silent and casts her eyes down towards the floor while her parents are fighting. This act of silence might convey some important information about family dynamics and how the...

This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.

References

  1. Bateson, G. (1972). Steps to an ecology of mind. New York: Jason Aronson.Google Scholar
  2. Epstein, N. B., Bishop, D. S., & Baldwin, L. M. (1982). McMaster model of family functioning. In F. Walsh (Ed.), Normal family processes (pp. 115–141). New York: Guilford Press.Google Scholar
  3. Freedman, J., & Combs, G. (1996). Narrative therapy: The social construction of preferred realities. New York: Norton.Google Scholar
  4. Galvin, K. M., Braithwaite, D. O., & Bylund, C. L. (2016). Family communication: Cohesion and change (9th ed.). New York: Routledge.Google Scholar
  5. Goldberg, R. M. (2017). Communication errors/problems in couples and families. In J. Carlson & S. B. Dermer (Eds.), The SAGE encyclopedia of marriage, family, and couples counseling (pp. 300–302). Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications.Google Scholar
  6. Gordon, T. (2000). Parent effectiveness training: The proven program for raising responsible children.Google Scholar
  7. Gottman, J. M. (1994). What predicts divorce? Hillsdale: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.Google Scholar
  8. Hayley, J., & Richeport-Haley, M. (2003). The art of strategic therapy. New York: Brunner-Routledge.Google Scholar
  9. Johnson, S. M. (2004). The practice of emotionally focused couple therapy: Creating connection. New York: Brunner-Routledge.Google Scholar
  10. Koerner, A. F., & Fitzpatrick, M. A. (2002). Toward a theory of communication. Communication Theory, 12(1), 70–91.  https://doi.org/10.1093/ct/12.1.70.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. Lavner, J. A., Karney, B. R., & Bradbury, T. N. (2016). Does couples’ communication predict marital satisfaction, or does marital satisfaction predict communication? Journal of Marriage and Family, 78(3), 680–694.  https://doi.org/10.1111/jomf.12301.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  12. McKay, M., Davis, M., & Fanning, P. (2009). Messages: The communication skills book. Oakland: New Harbinger Publications.Google Scholar
  13. Satir, V. (1972). Peoplemaking. Palo Alto: Science and Behavior Books.Google Scholar
  14. Watzlawick, P., Beavin Bavelas, J., & Jackson, D. D. (1967). Pragmatics of human communication: A study of interactional patterns, pathologies, and paradoxes. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.Google Scholar
  15. White, M. (2007). Maps of narrative practice. New York: Norton.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Couple and Family TherapyCSPP Alliant International UniversityLos AngelesUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Rachel M. Diamond
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Saint JosephWest HartfordUSA