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This edition: Destructive/Constructive Family Conflict

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Focuses on destructive and constructive family conflict patterns, and pays particular attention to verbal aggression as a destructive pattern.The class explores the implications to communication caused by verbal aggression, as well as the long-term damage caused by psychological abuse and parental hostility toward children. Students are walked through a variety of methods that help to hold abusive conflict at bay, including techniques for fighting fairly, criticizing behaviors instead of people, avoiding hot buttons, engaging in reflective listening, and scheduling communication “checkups”.
Featured interview: Professor Douglas Kelley (Arizona State University - West) and Professor Teresa Sabourin (University of Cincinnati)