Communication in Families- A radio interview with Mrs Elmien Classens

Posted on March 04, 2022

Communication in Families

On 26 January 2022, Mrs Elmien Claassens, a lecturer from the Department of Social Work & Criminology at University of Pretoria, had an opportunity to be a guest on a radio program hosted by PoortFM, a local community radio station in Eersterus. The topic for discussion during the interview was, ‘What does communication in families entail?’  Communication in families was discussed, and its relevance during the COVID-19 pandemic and also the general challenges of communication amongst families in South Africa.

General communication skills and tips were shared to understand inter-generational differences on how people communicate and how people interpret communicated messages. The effects of more virtual and online communication platforms were also debated as the new way forward in terms of how communication methods have changed in the 20th Century especially as a result of the recent lock-down measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.  A blended approach to communication which includes communicating in person, as well as communicating via technological platforms, seems to be the future of work, but also the future of families.

From a social work perspective, ways were shared on how to improve communication in the family system and to work towards improving relationships with better communication skills and understanding of one another. Listeners were encouraged to continue to practice communication skills, and ultimately becoming better at communicating well with each other.  In conclusion, PoortFM, as a community radio were commended for their relevance in being responsive to the social challenges faced by community members and families in society. 



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