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Widening the Family Circle

Widening the Family Circle
New Research on Family Communication

Second Edition
Edited by:

August 2013 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Widening the Family Circle: New Research on Family Communication, Second Edition continues to address historically under-studied family relationships, such as those involving grandparents, in-laws, cousins, stepfamilies, and adoptive parents. In this engaging text, editors Kory Floyd and Mark T. Morman bring together a diverse collection of empirical studies, theoretic essays, and critical reviews of literature on communication to constitute a stronger, more complete understanding of communication within the family.

Kory Floyd and Mark T. Morman
Michelle Miller-Day, Carla L. Fisher, and Jonathan Stube
1. Looking Back and Moving Forward: Toward an Understanding of Mother-Daughter and Mother-Son Relationships
Alan C. Mikkelson
2. Adult Sibling Relationships
Jordan Eli Soliz and Mei-Chen Lin
3. Communication in Grandparent-Grandchild Relationships
Patricia J. Sotirin and Laura L. Ellingson
4. The "Other" Women in Family Life: Recognizing the Significance of Aunt/Niece/Nephew Communication
Robert M. Milardo
5. Family Communication among Uncles and Nephews
Mary Claire Morr Serewicz
6. Relationships with Parents-in-Law
Christina G. Yoshimura
7. Sibling-in-Law Relationships
Caryn E. Medved
8. Fathering, Caregiving, and Masculinity: Stay-at-Home Fathers and Family Communication
Elizabeth A. Suter and Daniel S. Strasser
9. Lesbian and Gay Families
Tamara D. Afifi, Anne Merrill, and Sharde Davis
10. Widening the Understanding of Post-Divorce Families
Paul Schrodt and Dawn O. Braithwaite
11. No Longer Understudied, but Still Misunderstood: Expanding Communication Research on Stepfamily Relationships
Kathleen M. Galvin and Colleen Colaner
12. Created Through Law and Language: Communicative Complexities of Adoptive Families

“Floyd and Morman are on the cutting edge of family communication. They are insightful, interesting, and unique in their approach to presenting family communication. I appreciate their efforts. They are bringing a useful and important textbook to other scholars and students. Hats off to them!”

Kandi L. Walker
University Of Louisville

contents included relationships within family that are omitted in most texts

Dr Lillian Breckenridge
Religion Dept, Oral Roberts University
October 19, 2013
Key features


  • Includes four new chapters on the topics of stay-at-home fathers, uncles, gay and lesbian families, and mother/son/daughter relationships.
  • Eight chapters retained from the first edition have been thoroughly revised and updated, providing a detailed examination of relationships involving adult siblings, grandparents, aunts, parents- and sibling-in-laws, post-divorce, step families, and adoptive relationships.
  • Discussion questions have been added to the end of each chapter.


  • Addresses historically under-studied family relationships: While most books on family communication focus primarily on marriage and biological, custodial parent-child relations, this text explores a much wider circle of family relationships. A thorough examination of stepfamilies, mothers/young adult children, adult siblings, grandparents, adoptive, aunts and uncles, and post-divorce relationships is provided.
  • Offers insights by leading family communication scholars: This book brings together the best of the research being conducted on various types of family relationships and showcases the work of some of the most respected scholars within the field of family communication. 
  • Includes abundant references: A comprehensive reference section provides rich sources of literature reviews not included in many other texts to help students and scholars with their own projects and research. 

Sample Materials & Chapters

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