Toward a Typology of Rhetorical Resilience for Families

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Previous research surrounding emotional expressiveness and resilience in contemporary American families will be discussed; Specific references will include author's prior investigations in elderly survivors of Hurricane Katrina and children from at-risk environments, and the associated rhetoric, similar and different, from each group. A qualitative analysis will be used to create a beginning typology of rhetorical resilience for families, adults and children, that melds the findings of existing research, practical counseling experience, and the theoretical underpinnings of family communication.


Keywords: Rhetoric, Resilience, Family Communication
Stream: Education and Social Welfare
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Sherilyn Marrow

Professor, School of Communication, University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, Colorado, USA


Ref: I08P0742