With the holidays can come stress, anxiety and difficult conversations with family members.
As the holiday season approaches, some people will visit friends and family they might not interact with much throughout the year. For some, this means being around extended family and becoming part of conversations that cause stress and anxiety.
Experts at Texas Tech University are available to discuss how to better communicate with family members and manage stress during the holiday season.
- LaFreniere has a wide range of experience in family communication, specifically inter-parental conflict, divorce and young adults. She previously has examined parental conflict and feeling caught between parents in relation to young adult children's mental well-being, parents' conflict and young adult children's emotion regulation with a focus on divorce and post-divorce communication.
- Punyanunt-Carter can discuss family and interpersonal communication, especially how gender and age factor into children and emerging adults' communication with their parents. She also has studied emerging adults' perceptions of divorce, marriage and religion when coming from divorced and non-divorced families.
- A licensed psychologist, Wheeler can discuss tips to manage stress and anxiety when around family and throughout the holidays. Her focus is on the interpersonal-process approach to therapy.