This research was partially supported by grants 135–3067 to the first author and 135–3009 to the second author from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Fund. The authors thank the anonymous reviewers for their insightful comments.
Communication Schemata Within the Family
Multiple Perspectives on Family Interaction
Article first published online: 17 MAR 2006
Human Communication Research
Volume 20, Issue 3, pages 275–301, March 1994
How to Cite
FITZPATRICK, M. A. and RITCHIE, L. D. (1994), Communication Schemata Within the Family. Human Communication Research, 20: 275–301. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2958.1994.tb00324.x
- Issue published online: 17 MAR 2006
- Article first published online: 17 MAR 2006
Analyses from a random sample of 169 families established a dear relationship between schemata for marital and parent-child communication. Hypotheses were derived by theoretically relating the Relational Dimensions Inventory and the Revised Family Communication Patterns instrument. In families headed by Traditional, Separate, and Separate/Traditional couples, all three family members saw the family interaction as high on conformity orientation. In families headed by Independent and Traditional couples, all three family members saw the family interaction as high on conversational orientation. In general, couple types dovetail with the various family types. For example, Traditional couples have Consensual family interaction patterns in that they value conformity and conversation. Families who share the same family communication schemata appear to agree on a number of other dimensions of family life. A new scale, Family Communication Environment, which may be used to tap into family communication schemata, is presented.