Father Daughter Relationships : Examining Family Communication Patterns And Interpersonal Communication Satisfaction

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The article, “Father-Daughter Relationships: Examining Family Communication Patterns and Interpersonal Communication Satisfaction” by Narissra Maria Punyanunt-Carter, published in the Communication Research Reports: Volume 25, No. 1, on February 1, 2008, presents the findings from a study concerning the interpersonal communication satisfaction between fathers and daughters as a result of their communication patterns. Punyanunt-Carter begins her paper by providing details from a literature review she conducted, and then expands to include the research questions, methods, results, discussion and limitations of her study. The literature review addresses the main parameters Punyanunt-Carter uses in her study. She references the work of Fitzpatrick and Ritchie (1990), who created the Revised Family Communication Pattern measurement instrument (RFCP), to measure conformity orientation and conversation orientation. In this study, conformity orientation is defined as the “amount of power parents use to make their child conform to the topic” being discussed (Punyanunt-Carter 24). This orientation style is reflective of families that share commonly held beliefs concerning their values and opinions. Also, such families place high emphasis on parental control and children’s obedience. Conversation orientation is defined as the “amount of encouragement that parents give their child to communicate about his/her thoughts” (Punyanunt-Carter 24). This orientation style is commonly seen in

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