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Title: Family communication patterns and English communicative skills: an investigation of Thai university students
Authors: Watthana Suksiripakonchai
Keywords: English communicative skills
Family communication patterns
Issue Date: 14-Dec-2017
Publisher: Bangkok University
Abstract: Family is an important institution of a society. It is said that the way an individual behaves is influenced by the characteristics of his or her family. Family communication patterns can be seen as representation of the characteristics of a specific family. Family communication patterns are often mistakenly thought as facilitation to communication rather Chaffee, McLeod & Wackman (1973) stated they were actually constraints. Previous studies have indicated that family communication patterns influence success and failure of students in terms of academic achievement. This quantitative research aimed to study the family communication patterns in the Thai context and how they influence Thai university students’ English communicative skills. The total number of 331 participants was used as group sampling. Revised Family Communication Patterns (Ritchie & Fitzpatrick, 1990) and modified English Communicative Skills Questionnaires based on Sanaa (2013) were used as the research instruments and distributed to the participants online. It was found that the consensual family communication pattern (47.7%) best represented the type of the family communication pattern of the participants. The laissez-faire type amounted to 27.8% and the protective type 24.1%. The pluralistic type was not identified among the participants. Statistical analysis through Kruskal Willis Test indicated there were significant differences in the level of English communicative skills of the participants among the three family communication patterns – consensual, laissez-faire and protective (p-value = 0.00). The Mann-Whitney U Test was used to find differences between groups and the results were .00 (consensual and laissez-faire), 0.2 (consensual and protective) and .00 (laissez-faire and protective).
Description: Independent Study (M.Com.Arts)--Global Communication, Graduate School, Bangkok University, 2017
Advisor(s): Boonlert Supadhiloke
URI: http://dspace.bu.ac.th/jspui/handle/123456789/2996
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