Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date

2020

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

School of Communication and Journalism

First Advisor

Kelli J. Chromey

Keywords

communication privacy management, family expansion, newlyweds

Abstract

As newlyweds begin their new adventure as a married couple, the discussion of family expansion is inevitable. This thesis seeks to understand how newlyweds discuss their plans for family expansion among each other and to others by applying the theory of communication privacy management. Ten newlywed couples were interviewed regarding their experiences navigating the topic of family expansion and reproduction. Specifically, the couples were asked about preferences for privacy and control, and what expectations the couples have when disclosing information about their preferences for family expansion. The data demonstrated that communication privacy management may not look the same among each newlywed couple. However, communication privacy management strategies are used among couples to own, control, and manage information regarding family expansion. In addition to these findings, implications and directions for future research are discussed.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Newlyweds.
Family planning.
Disclosure of information.
Privacy.
Communication.

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

83

Publisher

South Dakota State University

Rights

In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted
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