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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.

Argumentative and Aggressive Communication in Relational and Family Contexts
Argumentative and aggressive communication in relational and family contexts

The study of argumentative and aggressive communication in interpersonal relationships has commanded more attention from scholars than other communication contexts. This chapter will focus on the influence that argumentative and aggressive communication has on a variety of interpersonal relationships. More specifically, we will discuss research on argumentativeness and verbal aggressiveness in (a) general interpersonal relationships, (b) friendships, (c) dating relationships, and (d) family relationships. The findings from studies that have been conducted within each of these relationships will be discussed and conclusions will be drawn.

Argumentativeness and Verbal Aggressiveness in General Interpersonal Relationships

Assessment of argumentative and aggressive communication at the interpersonal level has been primarily concerned with specific relationships ...

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