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Overview

Communicating Forgiveness is the first book to take a truly communicative look at the process of forgiveness. Authors Vincent R. Waldron and Douglas L. Kelley provide a synthesis of the literature on forgiveness in relationships. Grounded in real-life forgiveness narratives, this interdisciplinary text (pulling from such related fields as psychology, counseling, family studies, peace studies, conflict management, religious studies, and organizational behavior) offers a hopeful framework for negotiating healthy and just responses to relational disappointments.

Key Features: Conceptualizes forgiveness as communication: Offering an alternative to predominant psychological approaches, this is the first book to focus on specific communication behaviors associated with forgiveness. Provides an emotional connection: Real-life narratives from long-term couples, friends, family members, and coworkers make the text readable and relevant to today's relationships. Includes a chapter on the practice of forgiveness: Practical advice and specific guidelines resonate well with readers as they apply to genuine friendships, romances, families, and workplaces. Offers path-breaking theory development: The book organizes existing forgiveness research around a descriptive communication framework, demonstrating how existing psychological research can be enriched through the application of communication theories. Presents a highly personal closing chapter: In the final chapter the authors provide a personal account of their experiences as researchers through "On the Drive Home" vignettes that convey key lessons learned.

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Editorial Reviews

Karen Wilson
"Waldron and Kelley successfully weave in examples from their qualitiative studies to illustrate various forgivemess concepts. The qualitative approach is a nice complement to the mostly quantitative work done in personal relationships. The authors provide insight into important methodological considerations such as conceptual definitions of forgiveness and measurement issues. The book fits nicely with the positive psychology movement. I found it refreshing to see a book that tackles how people can recover from such serious transgressions. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412939713
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/4/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 218
  • Sales rank: 1,039,799
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Vincent R. Waldron is Professor of Communication Studies at Arizona State University, where he teaches courses on communication in work and personal relationships. Professor Waldron received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1989. Dr. Waldron’s research explores how employees manage difficult workplace encounters, such as expressing intense emotion, exercising upward influence, and repairing damaged relationships. The author of two previous books on these subjects, Professor Waldron has published his work in such outlets as the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Management Communication Quarterly, and Communication Yearbook. Vince Waldron has been recognized as a Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He is chair-elect of the Interpersonal Communication Division of the National Communication Association. With his wife Kathleen and daughters Emily and Laura, Vince Waldron resides in Phoenix, Arizona.

Douglas L. Kelley (Ph.D., University of Arizona; M.C., Arizona State University; B.A., Westmont College) is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Arizona State University’s West Campus where he studies and teaches about communication in personal and family relationships. Dr. Kelley has published his work in such outlets as Human Communication Research, Communication Studies, and Communication Yearbook. He has served as Chair of the Family Communication Division of the National Communication Association. Dr. Kelley (with his colleague Vince Waldron) received funding from the Templeton Foundation to support research on the role of forgiveness in long-term marriage.

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Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Conceptual Foundations     1
Why Is Forgiveness Important?
Theological Foundations
Social Science Approaches
Elements of the Forgiveness Process     21
Sensitizing Concepts: Communication as an Observational Lens
Transgressions and Traumatic Relational Events
Relational Context
Individual Factors
Communication Processes
Relationship Outcomes
Conclusion
Theorizing Forgiveness     55
Dialectical Theory
Uncertainty Management Frameworks
Identity Management Theories
Toward a Negotiated Morality Theory (NMT) of Forgiveness
Communicating Forgiveness     91
The Forgiveness Episode: Six Communication Processes
Revealing and Detecting Transgressions
Managing Emotions
Making Sense
Seeking Forgiveness
Granting Forgiveness
Relationship Negotiation and Transition
Concluding Thoughts
Practicing Forgiveness     127
Five Reasons to Forgive
The Dark Side of Forgiveness
Prescriptive Models of Forgiveness
Communication Tasks of Forgiveness (CTF): A New Prescriptive Model
Reconciliation: A Possible Outcome of Forgiveness
Contributions From Long-Term Couples
Concluding Thoughts
Studying Forgiveness: Methodological Conundrums and Transformational Experiences     153
Why Do We Study Forgiveness?
Conceptual Definition: What Is Forgiveness Anyway?
Picking Our Paradigm: Which Questions Matter Most?
How Do You Measure Forgiveness?
Transformations
Interview Questions/Instructions for Long-Term MarriedCouples Study     177
Instructions for Three Types of Forgiveness Narratives     183
Abbreviated Survey Questions and Selected Instructions     185
References     187
Index     197
About the Authors     205
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    This textbook is very easy to read, extremely easy to follow and engaging, with stories mixed in with research that explains the different paths forgiving behavior can take. Well written and insightful, detailing Waldron and Kelleys many years of research, interviews and insights into the world of long-term couples (married 30+ years) is helpful not only to communication students, but people interested in bettering their relationships as well.

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