Examining sibling communication during parental health crises using social support, relational maintenance behaviors, family communication patterns, and relational outcomes

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dc.contributor DeCoster, Jamie
dc.contributor Evans, William A.
dc.contributor Harris, Thomas E.
dc.contributor Mills, Carol B.
dc.contributor Sparks, Johnny V.
dc.contributor.advisor Bissell, Kimberly L.
dc.contributor.author Carwile, Amy Muckleroy
dc.date.accessioned 2017-02-28T22:20:31Z
dc.date.available 2017-02-28T22:20:31Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000037
dc.identifier.other Carwile_alatus_0004D_10008
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/544
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The huge demographic cohort of Baby Boomers is aging, and life expectancy rates are increasing. Even as adults deal with age-related health concerns of their own, they must also deal with health-related crises that may befall their siblings, their parents, their significant others, or their children. The research proposed here examines the ways in which family health crises are managed communicatively by siblings, paying special attention to social support as siblings communicate in response to a family health crisis involving their parents. Further, this project seeks to identify the relational maintenance behaviors necessary for fortifying the sibling bond. In doing so, this research will provide a rare empirical assessment of self-reported sibling communication as he/she endured a past family health crisis involving a parent. Indeed, the study of sibling communication in general has only recently emerged as an area of focus among communication scholars. Moreover, there has been little attention paid to the role of sibling communication in the contexts of family health crises. This project is designed to explicate any difficulties in negotiating the particularly intriguing sibling relationship at a crisis point using interdependence theory and social support as a theoretical starting point. This project will utilize various quantitative methodologies and a participant pool comprised of baby boomers.
dc.format.extent 104 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Sociology, Individual and Family Studies
dc.subject.other Mass Communications
dc.subject.other Psychology, Social
dc.title Examining sibling communication during parental health crises using social support, relational maintenance behaviors, family communication patterns, and relational outcomes
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. College of Communication and Information Sciences
etdms.degree.discipline Communication & Information Sciences
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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