Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Communication in Couples and Families

  • Rebecca BokochEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_1143

Name of Theory

Communication in Couples and Families


Interaction; Message


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...

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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