1.0 SUMMARY * The Influences of Family Communication Patterns on Adult Children’s Perceptions of Romantic Behaviors
The family plays an essential role in social learning and all these information processing, behavioral, and psychosocial outcomes are related to family communication schemata. Since the family environment is where most communicative behaviors are leaned and developed, the family may well be the most important perspective for understanding communication. Hence, it would seem conceivable that communication patterns among family-of-origin members influence future relational behaviors.
Some of these future relational behaviors may consist of relational maintenance and ritual behaviors. Relational maintenance and rituals have been found to be reliable predictors of satisfaction and stability among committed romantic relationships. A routine and ordinary behavior that couples experience in their daily lives may contribute to the health of a relationship by providing a foundation for major couple events. The idea of this study is to discover how communication patterns within individuals’ family-of-origin are related to relational maintenance behaviors and rituals used within romantic relationships.
Families are children’s major socialization agents which individuals interact in interpersonal relationships to a large extent on how they have learned to communicate in their family-of-origin, so-called family communication patterns. Parent-child interactions have the capability to influence future spousal