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This exceptional collection—a compilation of meta-analyses related to issues in interpersonal communication—provides an expansive review of existing interpersonal communication research. Incorporating a wide variety of topics related to interpersonal communication, including couples and safe sex, parent-child communication, argumentativeness, and self-disclosure, the contributions in this volume also examine such basic issues as reciprocity, constructivism, social support in interpersonal communication, as well as gender, conflict, and marital and organizational issues.
With contributions organized into five sections, this volume:
*sets the stage for independent meta-analyses;
*provides an overview of individual characteristics in interpersonal communication and the meta-analyses reflecting this theme;
*explores the dyadic and interactional approaches to interpersonal communication; and
*examines the impact of the meta-analyses on the understanding of interpersonal communication.
As a resource for interpersonal communication researchers at all levels, this volume establishes a solid foundation from which to launch the next generation of study and research.
Contents: R.W. Preiss, M. Allen, Preface: On Numbers, Narratives, and Insights Regarding Interpersonal Communication. Part I:Interpersonal Communication Research and Meta-Analysis. M. Allen, R.W. Preiss, Meta-Analysis and Interpersonal Communication: Function and Applicability. C.R. Berger, Meta-Analysis in Context: A Proto-Theory of Interpersonal Communication. Part II:Individual Issues in Interpersonal Communication. B.M. Gayle, R.W. Preiss, An Overview of Individual Processes in Interpersonal Communication. E. Sahlstein, M. Allen, Sex Differences in Self-Esteem: A Meta-Analytic Assessment. L.M. Timmerman, Comparing the Production of Power in Language on the Basis of Gender. B.H. Spitzberg, J.P. Dillard, Social Skills and Communication. Part III:Dyadic Issues in Interpersonal Communication. B.M. Gayle, R.W. Preiss, An Overview of Dyadic Processes in Interpersonal Communication. M. Allen, N. Burrell, Sexual Orientation of the Parent: The Impact on the Child. K.A. Yun, Similarity and Attraction. K. Dindia, Self-Disclosure Research: Knowledge Through Meta-Analysis. D. Hample, J.M. Dallinger, The Effects of Situation on the Use or Suppression of Possible Compliance-Gaining Appeals. Part IV:Interactional Issues in Interpersonal Communication. B.M. Gayle, R.W. Preiss, An Overview of Interactional Processes in Interpersonal Communication. M. Allen, A Synthesis and Extension of Constructivist Comforting Research. N.A. Burrell, Divorce: How Spouses Seek Social Support. M. Allen, T.M. Emmers-Sommer, T.L. Crowell, Couples Negotiating Safer Sex Behaviors: A Meta-Analysis of the Impact of Conversation and Gender. M.A. Hamilton, P.J. Mineo, Argumentativeness and Its Effect on Verbal Aggressiveness: A Meta-Analytic Review. T.M. Emmers-Sommer, Sexual Coercion and Resistance. B.M. Gayle, R.W. Preiss, M. Allen, A Meta-Analytic Interpretation of Intimate and Nonintimate Interpersonal Conflict. Part V:Meta-Analysis and Interpersonal Communication Theory Generation. M. Allen, R.W. Preiss, An Analysis of Textbooks in Interpersonal Communication: How Accurate Are the Representations? D.J. Canary, M.J. Mattrey, How Does Meta-Analysis Represent Our Knowledge of Interpersonal Communication. M.A. Fitzpatrick, Better Living Through Science: Reflections on the Future of Interpersonal Communication. M.E. Roloff, The State of the Art of Interpersonal Communication Research: Are We Addressing Socially Significant Issues?