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Communication faculty member co-authors chapter in The Dark Side of Communication

Lynne M. Webb, Professor in Communication, recently published a co-authored essay entitled, “The ADHD-Diagnosed Child,” in The Darker Side of Family Communication: The Harmful, the Morally Suspect, and the Socially Inappropriate. The research examines the role of the family and home environments, as a catalyst for diagnosis and medication. In this study Danna M. Gibson a professor at Columbus State, surveyed and interviewed the parents of young children in rural Tennessee to gain a communication perspective on ADHD and a mother’s willingness to medicate their ADHD diagnosed children.

The Darker Side of Family Communication: The Harmful, the Morally Suspect, and the Socially Inappropriate seeks to broaden the story of communication in the ever-evolving lives of contemporary families by examining dark communication processes. This volume advances theory and research by presenting original, empirical studies as well as theoretical and methodological overviews on family communication processes.

“Much has been written on the “dark side” of communication. This is the first book actually to define what dark communication is, explain how it forms, identify what effect it has, recommend how to ‘brighten it, ‘ and tie all this together in a Darkness Model of Family Communication,” said Dudley Cahn, SUNY at New Paltz.

The Darker Side of Family Communication: The Harmful, the Morally Suspect, and the Socially Inappropriate contains 14 chapters across 339 pages, edited by Loreen N. Olson, Associate Professor in Communication Studies and an Affiliate Faculty member of the Women & Gender Studies program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Mark A. Fine, Professor and Chair of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The book is a part of the series: Lifespan Communication: Children, Families, and Aging.

Dr. Webb joined the FIU Communication Arts faculty in August 2013. She previously held tenured appointments at the Universities of Florida, Memphis, and most recently Arkansas, where in 2012, she was named a J. William Fulbright Master Researcher. Additionally, Dr. Webb served as a visiting professor at the University of Hawaii and Hong Kong Baptist University. She completed her PhD in Communication at the University of Oregon. She teaches courses at FIU that include Interpersonal Communication, Conflict Management, and Communication in Social Media.

 

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