Date Presented

Spring 4-1-2007

Document Type


Access Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Communication Studies

First Advisor

Candace Todd

Second Advisor

Janice Rice

Third Advisor

Sharon Robinson


An important element of the family unit involves the stories that are often told and retold. Although the collection of stories varies among families, the themes within these stories are sometimes common across different families. Within this research, certain patterns were shown to recur regarding these story themes. Furthermore, a positive relationship was found between families’ stories and the characteristics that are used to describe the families.