A review of current literature was conducted to determine the influence of family communication patterns on interpersonal relationships within family, friendships, and romantic relationships. Family communication has been researched for over 40 years and can impact interpersonal relationships in many ways throughout an individual’s developmental life cycle. Family communication patterns determine how an individual may approach or even form relationships. It may have an effect on an individual’s self-esteem, privacy orientation, personality characteristics, and mental well-being. This paper discusses different features and mechanisms linked to family communication patterns and its influence on families, friendships, and romantic relationships. A review of literature determined that family communication patterns can have both a negative and positive influence on interpersonal relationships within families, friendships, and romantic relationships. After exploring this theory, it was determined that it primarily focuses on its influence on media, public affairs, family consumer behavior, and decision making. Therefore, recommendations for improvement of the understanding of the different features and mechanisms is discussed.

Year Manuscript Completed

Fall 2019

Senior Project Advisor

Tricia Jordan, PhD

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study


Document Type

Thesis - Murray State Access only

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