Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Communication between generation X and generation “Jackass”: Creating communication rules for teens and parents
by Finney, Aimee Irene, M.A., Gonzaga University, 2012, 71; 1514748
Abstract (Summary)

Technologically addicted teenagers are facing challenges not even imagined by those accepting the challenge of parenthood. Using Deborah Tannen's Genderlect theory and the phenomenological approach of data gathering, teens and parents were asked about their experiences in communicating with each other. With regards to Gerry Philispen's Theory of Speech Codes, the patterns of communication with teens and parents were considered. Communication technologies will continue to change at a lightning quick speeds; the importance of collaborative communication patterns continues to remain crucial to open and honest sharing of information between parents and teens.

The desire to discover how to create open lines of honest communication, mutual trust, and reliable shared meanings are the main purpose of this research. Using 150 high school students, and 50 parents and community members in an urban high school in Texas, focus groups and self-directed journals were used to gather information about the issues and attitudes deemed important to teens and parents.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cunningham, Carolyn
Commitee: Crandall, Heather
School: Gonzaga University
Department: Communication and Leadership
School Location: United States -- Washington
Source: MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social psychology, Communication
Keywords: Barriers, Communication, Improvement, Parent, Suggestions, Teen
Publication Number: 1514748
ISBN: 978-1-267-47339-4
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