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Offering insights from a Who's Who of scholars in interpersonal communication

“A highly beneficial contribution to the field with chapters that are clear and concise and illuminate the interesting and important aspects of interpersonal communication. With each chapter students are informed about the components of the theory and are also provided with examples that they can relate to, which really brings these theories to life.”

—René Dailey, University of Texas at Austin

“I love this book for its insight, organization, and inclusiveness. I like that the authors use specific examples and then apply their theory to the examples for illustration—this is how students begin to learn how to use and understand theories. What an accessible, thorough, and user-friendly book.”

—Maureen P. Keeley, Texas State University-San Marcos

Engaging Theories in Interpersonal ...

Chapter 21: Affection Exchange Theory: A Bio-Evolutionary Look at Affectionate Communication

Affection Exchange Theory: A Bio-Evolutionary Look at Affectionate Communication
Affection exchange theory: A bio-evolutionary look at affectionate communication
KoryFloyd, JeffJudd, and ColinHesse

Many interpersonal relationships are initiated and maintained through the exchange of affectionate behaviors, such as hugging, kissing, hand holding, or by saying “I love you.” Indeed, expressions of affection often serve as turning points that advance relational development. Affectionate communication contributes not only to the health of relationships, however, but also to the health of the people in them. Why humans engage in affectionate behavior, and why it is associated with these benefits, are among the questions addressed by Affection Exchange Theory (AET). This chapter will describe the purpose and assumptions of AET and delineate its basic principles. It will also identify how AET conceptually ...

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