Communication Studies, Department of


Date of this Version



Communication Reports 26:2 (July–December 2013), pp. 88–100.

doi: 10.1080/08934215 .2013.797482


Copyright © 2013 Western States Communication Association; published by Routledge/Taylor and Francis. Used by permission.


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.