Family Issues Term Paper by Nicky

Family Issues
A sociological look at family dynamics.
# 147712 | 1,497 words | 5 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Jun 17, 2011 in Child, Youth Issues (Family Issues) , Sociology (General)

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This paper looks at the subject of group dynamics in social groups, focusing on family relationships. The writer discusses the types of
communication patterns and relationship dynamics associated with group cohesion and maintenance as those concepts are defined in the psychological literature pertaining to social groups. The paper includes information from various studies that have been carried out as well as observations carried out by the paper's author on his own family circumstances.

Introduction - Group Cohesion and Maintenance Roles in Families
Communication Patterns within the Group Role Concept in the Family

From the Paper:

"In many respects, cohesions and maintenance the family group represents one of the most functions of communications within the group (Myers & Spencer, 2004). This is likely even more true of families than of other types of groups, mainly because all family group members participate in the evolution of communication patterns and also because the maintenance of relationships within the group is one of the principal purposes of the group. Conversely, in most non-family groups, even the most fundamental social relationships within the group merely serve a larger function defined by the stakes of individuals in the mutual pursuit of group goals."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Fiese, B.H., Tomcho, T.J., Douglas, M, Josephs, K., Poltrock, S, and Baker, T. (2002). "A Review of 50 Years of Research on Naturally Occurring Family Routines and Rituals: Cause for Celebration?" Journal of Family Psychology, Vol. 16, No. 4: 381-390.
  • Kastner, J.W., and Ray, K.P. (2000). "Adolescent Ratings of Group Process: What They See May Not Be Exactly What We See" Journal of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy, Vol. 10, No. 4: 213-221.
  • Myers D., Spencer S. (2004). Social Psychology. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson.
  • Phinney, J.S., Romero, I., Nava, M., and Huang, D. (2001). "The Role of Language, Parents, and Peers in Ethnic Identity Among Adolescents in Immigrant Families" Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Vol. 30, No. 2: 135-153.
  • Zabriskie, R.B. and McCormick, B.P. (2001). "The Influences of Family Leisure Patterns on Perceptions of Family Functioning" Family Relations, Vol. 50, No. 3: 281-289.

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