Investigating family members’ perceptions and observed behaviors in triadic conflict interactions
Andersen, Kristin Kathleen
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This secondary data analysis utilizes an observational coding measure and perceptual assessments reported by family triads to examine the current propositions and application of family communication patterns (FCP). This study introduces new behavioral codes, team behavior and lead behavior, in order to theoretically and methodologically extend the FCP framework. Family communication patterns and communication accommodation theory (CAT) were utilized in the development of the team and lead observational coding measures, which were then rated by third-party coders. Compilation of questionnaire items for conversation orientation, conformity orientation, parental involvement, and parental coalition indicators were drawn from the larger project. Results suggest that family members may not share similar views of communication orientation or enact behaviors consistent with conceptualized family types. Future research should test the framework of FCP, and use observational measures to expand the theory.