Instructor: Dr. Marcia D. Dixson

Office hours: TR 2:00 - 4:00

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Office: NF 230B

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COM 597 The Dark Side of

Relational Communication

Fall, 2013



















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Questions to Guide Your Reading of Chapter 12 Child Abuse as a Lack of Safe Ground


1. What are the similarities/differences between Attachment Theory, Baumrind's Parenting Styles, and Safe Ground Theory?

2. What advice would you give to parents based on each of the above theories to the following scenarios:

a. Your ten year old son has, once again, ridden his bicycle beyond the bounds that he is supposed to go.

b. Your twelve year old son is on the roof of the house, just hanging out. He says he didn't know he shouldn't be up there.

c. Your seven year old daughter drops one of your favorite bowls and breaks it.