Toward a Typology of Rhetorical Resilience for Families
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
Dr. Sherilyn Marrow
Professor, School of Communication, University of Northern Colorado