Close Encounters: Communication in Relationships / Edition 3

Close Encounters: Communication in Relationships / Edition 3

by Laura K. Guerrero
ISBN-10:
1412977371
ISBN-13:
2901412977370
Pub. Date:
11/02/2010
Publisher:
SAGE Publications

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Overview

Close Encounters: Communication in Relationships / Edition 3

Taking a relational approach to the study of interpersonal communication, this bestselling text focuses on issues that are central to understanding close relationships, particularly between romantic partners, friends, and family members. While it draws on interdisciplinary research, the book maintains a focus on communication.

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ISBN-13: 2901412977370
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 11/02/2010
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 482
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Laura K. Guerrero has been at Arizona State since 1996 where she teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses on relational communication, nonverbal communication, statistics, and research methods. Her research focuses on communication in close relationships, emphasizing nonverbal messages, emotion, and the "dark” and “bright” sides of interpersonal communication. She is the co-author/co-editor of Nonverbal Communication in Close Relationships (Erlbaum), The Nonverbal Communication Reader, Third Edition (Waveland Press), Nonverbal Communication (Pearson), and the Handbook of Communication and Emotion (Academic Press).

Peter Andersen (Ph D, Florida State University) is a professor at San Diego State University. The author of five books and more than 150 book chapters, research papers, and journal articles, he has received recognition as one of the 100 most published scholars in the field of communication.

Walid A. Afifi (Ph D, University of Arizona) is professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he teaches interpersonal communication, relational communication, nonverbal communication, and social marketing. His research revolves around people’s experience of uncertainty and their decisions to seek or avoid information in relational contexts.

Table of Contents

1. Conceptualizing Relational Communication: Definitions and Principles
The Field of Personal Relationships: A Brief History
Relationships
Principles of Interpersonal Communication
Principles of Relational Communication
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions
2. Communicating Identity: The Social Self
The Development Personal Identity
Principles of Identity Management
Communicating Identity to Others
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions
3. Drawing People Together: Forces of Social Attraction Defining Attraction
A Framework for Understanding Attraction
Personal Variables Related to Attraction
Other People’s Qualities
Interpersonal Chemistry Between People
Environmental Features Related to Attraction
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions
4. Making Sense of Our World: Managing Uncertainty
Defining Uncertainty
How do People Manage Uncertainty?
Does Having More Information Always Reduce Uncertainty?
Models of Uncertainty in Relationships
Application and Summary
Discussion Questions
5. Getting Closer: Initiating and Intensifying Relationships
How People Form and Develop New Relationships
Self-Disclosure
Stages of Relationship Development
First Dates and Cohabitation
The Turning Point Approach
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions
6. Communicating Closeness: Affection, Immediacy, and Social Support
Closeness in Relationships
Affectionate Communication
Affectionate Exchange Theory
Immediacy Behaviors
Cognitive Valence Theory
Comfort and Social Support
Sex Differences in the Experience and Expression of Closeness
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions
7. Making a Love Connection Styles of Love and Attachment
What is Love?
Love Styles
Attachment Theory
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions
8. Communicating Sexually: The Closest Physical Encounter
Sexual Attitudes and Behaviors
Communication Patterns
Sexual Coercion and Harassment
Sexual Satisfaction: Misconceptions and Realities
Communication and Safe Sex
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions
9. Staying Close: Maintaining Relationships
Defining Relational Maintenance
Behaviors Used to Maintain Relationships
Maintenance Behavior in Romantic Relationships
Maintenance Behavior in Same-Sex Friendships
Maintenance Behavior in Cross-Sex Friendships
Maintenance Behavior in Friends with Benefits Relationships
Maintenance Behavior in Long-Distance Relationships
The Dialectical Perspective
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions
10. Exchanging Rewards and Costs: Interdependence and Equity in Relationships
Interdependence Theory
The Investment Model
Equity Theory
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions
11. Influencing Each Other: Power Plays and Dominance Moves
Defining Power and Related Terms
Power Principles
Interpersonal Influence Goals
Verbal Power Ploys
Nonverbal Positions of Power
Power and Influence in Families
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions
12. Getting Too Close for Comfort: Privacy and Secrets in Relationships
Communication Privacy Management Theory
Negotiating Privacy Boundaries in Relationships
Obsessive Relational Intrusion
Topic Avoidance and Secret Keeping
Consequences of Topic Avoidance
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions
13. Hurting the Ones We Love: Relational Transgressions
Hurt Feelings in Relationships
Infidelity
Jealousy
Deception
Hurtful Messages
The Aftermath of Hurtful Events
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions
14. Coping with Conflict: When Relational Partners Disagree
Conflict in Relationships
Conflict Styles
Patterns of Conflict Interaction
Explanations for Conflict Patterns
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions
15. Ending Relationships: Disengagement and Termination
Why Relationships End
Communication as a Cause of Relational Breakup
Models of the Disengagement Process
Fifteen Ways to Leave Your Partner
Outcomes: The Results of Relationship Endings
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions
References

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