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
Engaging Theories in Interpersonal Communication: Multiple Perspectives highlights theories used to guide interpersonal communication research, featuring chapters written by leading scholars of interpersonal communication. Presenting both classic and cutting-edge issues, the book organizes theories into three clusters—theories that are individually-centered; theories that are focused on discourse and interaction processes; and theories that examine how communication functions in personal relationships.
Presents chapters written by the scholars who developed the theories or who use the theories extensively in their own research; Begins with an overview chapter written by the editors that lays out their perspective on theory and the current landscape of theory in interpersonal communication; Offers a parallel organizational structure in all chapters to ease comparison across theories; Includes overviews provided by the editors to help readers integrate and digest the multiple theories covered in the volume
Upper-level undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in such courses Applied Communication, Communication Theory, Communication Research, Interpersonal Communication, Personal Relationships, and Relational Communication in the fields of speech and human communication, family studies, and social psychology.
Part III: Relationship-Centered Theories of Interpersonal Communication
Chapters in the third and final part of the book share a relationship-centered approach to interpersonal communication. As a group, these theories center on understanding the role of communication in developing, sustaining, and terminating social and personal relationships. Communication scholars have been an integral part of an interdisciplinary and international group of researchers dedicated to the scientific study of personal relationships, an effort that kicked into gear in the late 1980s. Most of the scholars in this section of the book are active members of the International Association for Relationship Research (IARR), which includes members from disciplines including communication studies, family studies and child development, gerontology, psychology, and sociology (although we would note that many other ...