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dc.contributor.advisor Yamasaki, Jill
dc.creator Coy, Twyla
dc.date.accessioned 2011-12-12T18:03:36Z
dc.date.accessioned 2011-12-12T18:03:37Z
dc.date.available 2011-12-12T18:03:36Z
dc.date.available 2011-12-12T18:03:37Z
dc.date.created 2010-12
dc.date.issued 2011-12-12
dc.date.submitted December 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10657/168
dc.description.abstract In this study I explore how FamilyLife, a Christian organization committed to marriage education, stories marriage and the communicative behaviors that are emphasized. I completed a review of the current communication literature to allow for an understanding of scholarly framework for the communication behaviors that are specific for building and maintaining satisfying marital relationships as well as the value of marriage education programs. I utilized a thematic narrative analysis to examine 85 articles (Marriage Memos) in order to determine the marriage and communication values that emerged throughout FamilyLife’s narrative of marriage. Similarities found in the Marriage Memos were identified and categorized into twelve primary categories. The primary themes for marriage values were: blueprint for marriage, faith, commitment, family, investment, selflessness, and companionship. The primary categories for the communication values were: listening, power of tongue, cooperation, genuineness, and conflict management. The stories throughout the Marriage Memos maintained strong narrative fidelity, allowing these values to be accepted and utilized by the reader; FamilyLife communicates to the readers the communication skills and behaviors it finds valuable to maintaining a satisfying marriage, while reflecting the need to foremost uphold its own and others’ spiritual values.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject Marriage Education
dc.subject Narratives
dc.subject Narrative Analysis
dc.subject Communication Training
dc.subject FamilyLife
dc.subject Communication Skills
dc.subject Christian Marriage Education Program
dc.subject Weekend to Remember
dc.subject Marriage Memos
dc.title Maintaining a Satisfying Marriage: A Narrative Analysis of Communication Skills, Stories, and Meanings in Marriage Education
dc.date.updated 2011-12-12T18:03:38Z
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thesis.degree.name Speech Communication
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Speech Communication
thesis.degree.grantor University of Houston
thesis.degree.department School of Communication
dc.contributor.committeeMember Haun, Martha
dc.contributor.committeeMember Addison Otey, Penny

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