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Written by two well-respected researchers and authors in the field, this book offers the most comprehensive and widely-used developmental and analytical approach to communication in close relationships. It focuses on the role of communication in the coming together and the coming apart of relationships. This accessible book introduces readers to relational communication theories by using common examples relationships with roommates, friends, and parents to help readers better understand concepts. Furthermore, the book's core model, introduced in Chapter 2, can be applied to the diverse range of relationships that readers have experienced or will experience throughout their lives. A classic for more than twenty years, Interpersonal Communication and Human Relationships retains all of its highly-praised features in the fourth edition, including the latest research from communication and social psychology; thorough coverage of dialogue, speech, and interaction patterns; interesting boxed inserts, cartoons, and diagnostic tests; and an effective writing style that engages readers and holds interest. For readers interested in communication as it relates to various close relationships.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205295739
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 10/21/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 452
  • Product dimensions: 7.47 (w) x 9.17 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I Human Communication in Developing Relationships 1
1 Communication: The Lifeblood of Relationships 3
2 Stages of Coming Together and Coming Apart 30
Pt. II Factors Affecting Human Communication Behavior in Relationships 65
3 The Nature of the Communicators 67
4 The Communication Environment: Cultural and Physical 96
Pt. III Interaction Patterns for Coming Together 127
5 The Genesis of Dialogue 129
6 Interaction Rituals 162
7 The Foundations of Intimate Dialogue 197
Pt. IV Interaction Patterns and the Maintenance of Relationships 229
8 Maintaining Relationships Through Dialogue: Disclosures, Lies, and Fights 231
9 Maintaining Relationships Through Dialogue: Commitment and Intimacy 263
Pt. V Interaction Patterns for Coming Apart 299
10 Communication and the Process of Relationship Disengagement 301
11 The Dialogue of Distance and De-escalation 329
Pt. VI Toward More Effective Communication in Relationships 359
12 Evaluating and Developing Effective Communication in Relationships 361
Author Index 392
Subject Index 400
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