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“I Wouldn’T Really Call This A Support Group”: Examining Speech Codes In The Communication Improvement Group, Mary Caron Jan 2016

“I Wouldn’T Really Call This A Support Group”: Examining Speech Codes In The Communication Improvement Group, Mary Caron

Communication Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This study is an ethnographic account of the Communication Improvement Group, an eating disorder (ED) support group that practices a communication skill, nonviolent communication (NVC), as a way of coping with their illness. By situating the study in literature on social support and communication skills training programs, I examine how and why members of the Communication Improvement Group find NVC useful and meaningful for their recovery from an ED. Influenced by cultural communication and the ethnography of communication, this study uses speech codes theory to examine the shared cultural premises informing two communication practices occurring within the group: the practice ...