"Family Communication" organizes the study of family communication around the concepts of nurturing and control which allows the consideration of communication in all family relationships within all family forms. The concepts of nurturing and control allow us a unique frame by which to organize the traditional developmental factors of relationship development, marriage, adding children, and raising socio-emotionally competent children. In addition, the concepts of nurturing and control allow us to understand the uniquely communicative family features of intimacy and conflict and their relationship to marital and family satisfaction. Further, nurturing and control are evident in families which include violence, substance abuse, eating disorders and depression. Uniquely, "Family Communication" focuses on the communication of nurturing and control in all family relationships across all family forms and their relationships to psychological processes and communicative outcomes in families.