Understanding Criteria that Predict Private Health Information Disclosures between Emerging Adults & Their Parents

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2021-11-23
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Rafferty, Katherine A.
Miller, Nicole
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Routledge Taylor and Francis Group
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English

The Department of English seeks to provide all university students with the skills of effective communication and critical thinking, as well as imparting knowledge of literature, creative writing, linguistics, speech and technical communication to students within and outside of the department.

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The Department of English and Speech was formed in 1939 from the merger of the Department of English and the Department of Public Speaking. In 1971 its name changed to the Department of English.

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  • Department of English and Speech (1939-1971)

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As emerging adults transition into adulthood, health becomes a critical topic of conversation between emerging adults and their parents. Researchers need to better understand how this health care management transition occurs. We sampled 316 emerging adult college students from a large Midwestern University and asked them to complete a survey to understand factors that influence emerging adult college students’ private health disclosures to their mother and father. We found that relational quality, reciprocity, and family communication patterns influenced the likelihood of open boundaries between emerging adults and their parents. We discuss theoretical and practical implications of these findings.
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This accepted article is published as : Katherine A. Rafferty, Tina A. Coffelt & Nicole Miller (2021): Understanding Criteria that Predict Private Health Information Disclosures between Emerging Adults & Their Parents, Western Journal of Communication, DOI: 10.1080/10570314.2021.1995622. Posted with permission. copyright owner: Western States Communication Association
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