Family Communication and Family Relations: A Bibliometric and Network Analysis

Lenilda Soares Viana, Karla Maria Damiano Teixeira
2021 World Journal of Research and Review  
The aim of this study was to carry out a survey of the worldwide scientific publications on family communication and family relationships, carried out since 2000. 469 articles from the Web of Science database were analyzed using the VOSViewer® software, performing bibliometric analysis, network and descriptive. A panorama of publications linked to different contexts was identified, such as marital relationship, health / disease dyad, conflict, media, sexuality, homosexual relationships,
more » ... ationships, spirituality, among other approaches. It was found that in the researched database the terms "communication", "family", "marriage" and "health" are strongly interconnected, highlighting the communication in this network, confirming the importance of studying this theme as a way to guarantee the communication success in the family. In the database searched, the vast majority of studies were conducted in the United States. This data justifies the importance of this study and reveals the need for investments in related research in other countries. Index Termscommunication in the family, family relationship, family communication, bibliometric analysis, network analysis. I. INTRODUCTION Effective communication between family members means better family relationships (Ireland, 2017) . This statement can be better explained by Olson (2000) , who states that several aspects can affect how a family functions, such as stress, family conflicts, developmental stages, intrafamily tensions, among others, compromising cohesion of the family. Examples of these intrafamilial tensions include hearing loss. These aspects require coping strategies to be adopted to deal with new experiences, impacting the field of communication. These strategies tend to lead the family to adapt to changes in order to improve family functioning. Studying this topic, therefore, helps to understand how communication happens at family dinners and how family relationships happen, thus seeking to contribute to family adaptation in the face of the hearing loss of one of its members. Thus, the aim of this study was to investigate national and international scientific output on family communication and family relations, aiming to discover the production and dissemination of scientific knowledge related to the topic through bibliometric and network analysis. For
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