9780767410823

Close Encounters

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  • ISBN13:

    9780767410823

  • ISBN10:

    0767410823

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-03-09
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages

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"Close Encounters: Communication in Relationships, Second Edition takes a relational approach to the study of interpersonal communication by focusing on issues that are central to describing and understanding close relationships. Although the primary focus is on communication research, this book emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of the study of personal relationships by including research from various disciplines such as social psychology and family studies. Using a developmental approach, the authors first look at initial interaction and relational escalation, then move on to issues related to maintaining intimate relationships, and finally focus on challenges relational partners face, including relationship endings." "This core text is designed for advanced courses in interpersonal communication and relationships as found in departments of communication, social psychology, family studies, and sociology."--BOOK JACKET.

Table of Contents

PART I. DEVELOPING CLOSENESS: INITIAL ENCOUNTERS AND BEYOND

1. The Building Blocks of Close Encounters: An Introduction to Relational Communication

2. Making a Good Impression: Identity Management in Relationships

3. Social Attraction: The Forces That Draw People Together

4. Making Sense of Our World: Coping with Uncertainty and Expectancy Violations

5. Getting Closer: Developing and Intensifying Relationships

PART II. SUSTAINING CLOSE ENCOUNTERS: LOVE, ROMANCE, AND INTIMACY

6. Making a Love Connection: Styles of Love and Attachment

7. Sexual Interaction: The Closest Encounter

8. Making a Fair Trade: Exchanging Rewards and Resources in Relationships

9. Staying Close: Maintaining Intimate Relationships

10. Intimate Interaction: Communicating Closeness and Social Support

PART III. RELATIONSHIP CHALLENGES IN CLOSE ENCOUNTERS

11. Power Plays: The Politics of Close Relationships

12. Too Close (or Not Close Enough) for Comfort: Privacy and Separation

13. Relational Transgressions: Hurting the Ones We Love

14. When People Disagree: Conflict, Aggression, and Violence

15. In the End: Relationship Disengagement and Termination

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