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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

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The history of research on uncertainty and uncertainty management is long. However, the past decade has seen an explosion in new efforts to understand uncertainty management within interpersonal settings. This chapter reviews three of the most recent efforts to explain this behavior. By limiting the summary to three theories we hope to capture at least the major contribution of each, but we recognize that we are also missing the contribution of other important scholars in this area. To help you see the three theories’ similarities and differences, we will discuss how each theory would address the following scenario: “Bill, a 22-year-old college senior, had unprotected ...

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