Conversations of Friends: Speculations on Affective Developmentby John M. Gottman
Pub. Date: 04/24/1987
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This book describes the results of thirteen years spent studying conversations between friends and speculates about the implications for a new theory of social and emotional development. The authors succinctly review the literature on the role of friendship in people's lives. They also thoughtfully delineate and clarify a number of methodological issues: naturalistic sampling, reliable and valid observations coding, sequential analysis, first vs. second order change, valid laboratory analogues, quantitative sociolinguistic techniques, and clinical applications. The notion of a support network is given an observational basis.
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