Advisor(s) - Committee Chair
Blair Thompson (Director), Angela Jerome, Jieyoung Kong
Department of Communication
Master of Organizational Communication
This study gained the perspective of children from single parent families and explored their family communication patterns. An inductive, qualitative approach was used. Interviews were conducted with eleven participants gathered from undergraduate classes, who had lived with their single parent for a minimum of 3 years. Four major themes emerged from the data: communication, challenges and triumphs, structure, and how parents came to be single. The majority of participants appeared to exhibited pluralistic family communication patterns. Results also revealed the importance of open communication in single parent families and what they learned through their experiences living with their custodial parent. Limitations and directions for future research will also be discussed.
Child Psychology | Communication | Family, Life Course, and Society
Cherry, Jessica, "The Communication Patterns and Experiences of Children in Single Parent Families" (2016). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 1595.