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.

Trait, State, and Interactionist Approaches to Studying Argumentative and Aggressive Communication

Trait, state, and interactionist approaches to studying argumentative and aggressive communication

In Chapter 1 we defined the term communication trait as a hypothetical construct that accounts for the way individuals behave when they are involved in communication-related activity. We presented the position, advanced by McCroskey et al. (1998), that “individual traits are a major force, if not the dominant explanation, for why people communicate the way they do” (p. vii). In Chapter 1 we also provided definitions of argumentativeness, a subset of the more global trait of assertiveness, and verbal aggressiveness, a subset of the more global trait of hostility. In this chapter we will review how personality and communication scholars perceive the influence of ...

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