Instructor: Dr. Marcia D. Dixson

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COM 597 The Dark Side of

Relational Communication

Fall, 2013



















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Chapter 4 Familial Interaction Structure and the Dark Side

For your chosen/assigned theory and using the supplementary reading in Blackboard, decide how this theory could facilitate research into the dark side of family communication. How could it help us better identify, understand, cope with, and/or prevent dark communication and behaviors?


Fitzpatrick, M.A. (2004). Family communication patterns theory: Observations on its development and application

Olson, D.H. (2000). Circumplex model of marital and family systems.

Petronio, S. ( ). Brief status report on communication privacy management theory.