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Future Directions
Future directions

This chapter contains topics that we think represent promising future directions. Some relate to points made in the preceding chapter, but here we place less emphasis on the relation of the topic or theme to the integrative framework we presented in that chapter.

We start with recent research indicating that the Outcome × Process interaction occurs in three distinct patterns, discussing what is likely to contribute to each. Next, we address sources of ambiguity and a distributional-procedural-interactional continuum that runs from the most ambiguity about intent (outcome distributions) to the least (interactional conduct).

We then introduce the possibility of a negative-positive asymmetry—and the implications of that possibility—as a general topic. If such an asymmetry exists, that would suggest the inadvisability of treating positive and ...

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