Quality Interactions and Family Storytelling

Allison R. Thorson, Christine E. Rittenour, Jody Koenig Kellas, April R. Trees

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This study examined how individuals' satisfaction with their family, as well as the ways they negotiated the telling of a family story, combined to predict their perceived quality of the storytelling interaction. Drawing from family members' (150 individuals, 50 families) joint telling of an often told family story, multilevel modeling analyses revealed significant variance within and between families' perceived quality of their storytelling interaction. These variances were explained by family satisfaction and family-level ratings of engagement during storytelling. These findings drive our suggestions for future assessment of multiple members' perspectives of joint family storytelling interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)88-100
Number of pages13
JournalCommunication Reports
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 2013


  • Family Communication
  • Interactional Sense-Making
  • Multilevel Modeling
  • Narrative
  • Storytelling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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