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The (Mostly) Positive Effects of Supportive Coparental Communication

The (Mostly) Positive Effects of Supportive Coparental Communication: Implications for Family Member Adjustment in Post-Divorce and Intact Families

Coparental communication plays a critical role in facilitating family member adjustment. In this presentation, Dr. Paul Schrodt will provide three illustrations of how it may function to promote emotional and relational security in families. Although the effects of supportive coparental communication are mostly positive, they may also produce moments of stress and ambivalence for coparenting adults and their children. The talk is hosted by the Department of Communication Studies.

About the Speaker 

Paul Schrodt

Paul Schrodt is the Philip J. and Cheryl C. Burguières Professor and the director of graduate studies in the Department of Communication Studies at Texas Christian University. His primary research interests include studying interpersonal conflict, loyalty divides and coparenting relationships in families. Schrodt is editor-elect of Communication Monographs, past chair of the Interpersonal Communication Division of the National Communication Association and a former chair of the Family Communication Division. A former recipient of the Brommel Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Family Communication and the Early Career Award in Interpersonal Communication from NCA, Schrodt has published two textbooks, an edited anthology and more than 100 articles and book chapters.