Close Encounters : Communication in Relationships

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-11-03
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc

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Helping students better understand their relationshipsTaking 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.Key FeaturesOffers an in-depth discussion of key concepts: Designed for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate-level classes, the book provides a nuanced and comprehensive understanding of many facets of relational communicationIncludes high-interest topics: Designed to appeal to students, the book explores topics such as long-distance relationships, cross-sex friendships, flirting, sexual interaction, and the 'œdark side' of relational communicationContains 'œPut Yourself to the Test' boxes: These exercises assess various aspects of students' own relationships and communication styleNew to the Third EditionMakes available the latest research: New topics covered include chemical attraction, invisible support, antisocial maintenance behaviors, common couple violence, use of social media, as well as an updated discussion of key theoriesProvides an increased focus on cultural differences: Boxed features help students appreciate cultural differences in relational communication

Table of Contents

Conceptualizing Relational Communication: Definitions and Principles
The Field of Personal Relationships: A Brief History
Principles of Interpersonal Communication
Principles of Relational Communication
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions
Communicating Identity: The Social Self
The Development Personal Identity
Principles of Identity Management
Communicating Identity to Others
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions
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
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
Getting Closer: Initiating and Intensifying Relationships
How People Form and Develop New Relationships
Stages of Relationship Development
First Dates and Cohabitation
The Turning Point Approach
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions
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
Making a Love Connection Styles of Love and Attachment
What is Love?
Love Styles
Attachment Theory
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions
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
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
Exchanging Rewards and Costs: Interdependence and Equity in Relationships
Interdependence Theory
The Investment Model
Equity Theory
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions
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
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
Hurting the Ones We Love: Relational Transgressions
Hurt Feelings in Relationships
Hurtful Messages
The Aftermath of Hurtful Events
Summary and Application
Discussion Questions
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
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
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