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Communications COM 314

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Dark Side of Interpersonal Communications
Dr. Adam Parrish
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COM 314
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Colleen McCurry on Thursday February 18, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to COM 314 at University of Kentucky taught by Dr. Adam Parrish in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 17 views. For similar materials see Dark Side of Interpersonal Communications in Communication at University of Kentucky.

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Date Created: 02/18/16
Stepfamilies  COM 314   Definition: a family in which one or more parents have a child/  children from a previous marriage   The residential parent is the biological parent that lives in the  household  The non residential parent is the biological parent that does not live in the household   Statistics in the US o About 10 to 15% of households contain stepchildren  o About 30 to 40% of children are raised with step families  o 50% of couples will divorce   Changes for the families overall: o New housing  o New rituals  o More conflict  o Less quality time  o Crisis  o “becoming a family”   Types of stepfamilies:  o Bonded/ functional­ low levels of avoidance and high levels  of involvement  o Evasive/ conflictual­ high levels of avoidance and low levels  of involvement  o Ambivalent­ Above and Below averages for both.   Trajectories of blending:  o Accelerated­ very good from the start  o Declining­ good to bad o Prolonged­ good but not for a long time  o Stagnating­ never goes anywhere  o Turbulent­ rollercoaster   Roles:  o The step parents and the step children have the most  challenging and stressful relationship o Should stepparents be a friend or authoritative figure?   Children want a friend but being an authoritative figure  has better outcomes   Positive stepparents and stepchildren relationship  o There’s a degree of positive regard  o And a degree of authority granted by the step children  o A degree in communication about the relationship and its  feelings   o Affinity seeking strategies of the stepparent   Residential parent vs. Nonresidential parent  o The residential parent wants to guard and protect their  children and general side with them over their new spouse  o The residential and nonresidential parents may be reliving  some trauma of the divorce  o The nonresidential parent experiences less co parenting  interaction and less support from the spouse, plus more  negative feelings about the ex.   Loyalty Conflicts:  o Triangulation­ when a covert coalition unites 2 family  members against a third one  o The children are usually stuck in the middle  o Linked triad­ when the step children receives secondhand  information from a stepparent through the residential parent   Uncertainty:  o Old family o The stepparents  o Step siblings  o The extended step family   Co­parenting:  o Conversations are brief and focused  o Divorce settlements are contentious documents  o Some think its something fixed  o Others see it as a legal document 


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