Master of Arts in Media and Communication Plan II Graduate Projects


As co-parenting research continues to emerge, it is important that we include the experiences of Black families in the literature. This project attempts to explore co-parenting talk among Black mothers and fathers on YouTube through Ethnography of Communication (EOC). This EOC analyzed the genres, topics, purposes, settings, keys, participants, message form and content , and act sequences of 100 YouTube videos. From this analysis, a list of recommendations for optimal co-parenting were presented as well as four co-parenting communication roles; Aggressor, Cooperator, Supervisor, and Shifter. This project concludes with a discussion on some of the key observations made during the EOC, and how research on co-parenting communication through a cultural lens, could benefit families directly.

Publication Date

Summer 8-12-2020

Document Type

Plan II Graduate Project

Committee Chair

Laura Stafford, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Alberto Gonzalez, Ph.D.