Argumentative and Aggressive Communication: Theory, Research, and Application is the first text to describe the development, history, research, and application efforts on the communication traits of argumentativeness and verbal aggressiveness. Authors Andrew S. Rancer and Theodore A. Avtgis include a collection of nine widely used reliable and valid instruments which the reader, the researcher, and the practitioner can use for diagnostic and research purposes.

Advancing Research and Theory-Building Efforts on Argumentative and Aggressive Communication

Advancing research and theory-building efforts on argumentative and aggressive communication

Throughout this book we have chronicled the development of the argumentative and verbally aggressive communication traits from their genesis to the most recent research. A question that remains to be asked is “Where do we go from here?” While we will offer our ideas for future inquiry, obtaining the views of several prominent scholars in argumentative and aggressive communication seems fitting. Given this, we invited several researchers whose work appears multiple times throughout this book to offer their vision of future research directions.

We will begin this chapter with a discussion of what has been called a problem-centered approach to research in communication. This approach argues the ...

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