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TCU professor to discuss family relationships Oct. 14 at WKU

A Texas Christian University professor who specializes in family communication, interpersonal communication and instructional communication will visit WKU on Oct. 14.

Dr. Paul Schrodt

Dr. Paul Schrodt

Dr. Paul Schrodt, the Philip J. and Cheryl C. Burguières Professor of Communication Studies, will make three presentations as part of the WKU Department of Communication’s Above and Beyond Lecture Series.

At 7 p.m. at Gary Ransdell Hall Auditorium, Dr. Schrodt will present The Tie That Binds: Coparental Communication as a Risk Mechanism in Post-Divorce and Intact Families. The lecture is free and open to faculty, staff, students and the community.

Dr. Schrodt’s primary research interests include the communicative cognitions and behaviors that facilitate family relationships, with particular interest in the message strategies and behaviors that facilitate stepfamily functioning.

“Scholars have studied conflict between parents and the effect that it has on their children’s mental health,” Dr. Schrodt said. “Despite these efforts, researchers have neglected a key component to the spousal relationship that could help us understand why witnessing conflict between spouses is so upsetting to children, namely, the degree to which spouses support or undermine each other as parents. In this lecture, I will first review what we know about coparental communication in divorced and non-divorced families. I will then discuss the results of two studies that explore coparental communication as one factor that may help us better understand why conflict between spouses (or former spouses) threatens the emotional and physical well-being of children.”

Earlier in the day Oct. 14, Dr. Schrodt will make presentations for WKU communication students.

In a lecture for departmental majors, Dr. Schrodt will discuss Putting the “Family” back into Family Communication: Research Designs and Units of Analysis at 11:30 a.m. at Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center, room 137.

At 12:30 p.m. at the Faculty House, Dr. Schrodt will present Like a Bone Between Two Dogs: Interparental Conflict, Feelings of Being Caught, and Young Adult Children’s Mental Well-being. The lecture is for students in either COMM 145 or COMM 161 who are considering communication as a major.

Dr. Schrodt received his bachelor’s degree at University of Texas-Arlington, master’s at University of North Texas and Ph.D. at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is a lifetime member of the National Communication Association (NCA) and the Central States Communication Association (CSCA), as well as a member of the International Association for Relationship Research (IARR). He is a former Chair of the Family Communication Division of NCA, and he serves on the Publications Board of NCA and the editorial boards of Communication Monographs, the Journal of Family Communication, and Communication Education.

Contact: Communication Department, (270) 745-3296.

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