Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

From Family to Friend: Family Communication Patterns and the Impact on Young Adults' Family Interaction via Facebook
by Mann, Supreet, M.A., University of the Pacific, 2016, 66; 10117042
Abstract (Summary)

In recent years there has been a marked shift from face-to-face communication to computer-mediated communication. This shift has also led to changes in the way families communicate as, more often than ever, social media sites are becoming a primary means of communication for a number of groups. The relationship between family communication patterns and offline interaction has long been studied. However, there is a marked scarcity in research examining the relationship between family communication patterns and online interaction. Data collected from a group-administered survey of 246 undergraduate students was used to examine eleven hypotheses related to family communication patterns, self-esteem, social media use, and online/offline family interaction. Family communication patterns were labeled as either high conversation-orientation or high conformity-orientation. Existing research suggests that these communication patterns are inversely related and a correlation analysis in this study supports this notion. The results indicate that there is a positive correlation between high conversation-orientation families and both online and offline family interaction as well as measures of self-esteem. Additionally, the results indicate that there is a negative correlation between high conformity-orientation families and offline family interaction. No significant correlations were found between high conformity-orientation families and either self-esteem or online family interaction. Future research should consider motivations behind actions as this may significantly impact how respondents view and evaluate their interaction patterns.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Dong, Qingwen
Commitee: Bergman, Teresa, Turpin, Paul
School: University of the Pacific
Department: Communication
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Communication, Mass communications
Keywords: Conformity orientation, Conversation orientation, Facebook, Family interaction, Online interaction, Social media
Publication Number: 10117042
ISBN: 978-1-339-78445-8
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