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Howard Giles, Susan Fox, Jake Harwood & Angie Williams

In: Interpersonal Communication in Older Adulthood: Interdisciplinary Theory and Research

Chapter 7: Talking Age and Aging Talk: Communicating through the Life Span

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Talking Age and Aging Talk: Communicating through the Life Span
Talking age and aging talk: Communicating through the life span
HowardGilesSusanFoxJakeHarwoodAngieWilliams

Language, as manifested in emotional and informational support, can be crucial to psychological well-being, especially if recipients of supportive language feel they can reciprocate somehow in the future (Revenson, 1990). That said, people can sometimes be particularly inept at expressing support or communicating their need for it (Lehman, Ellard, & Wortman, 1986). Furthermore, certain negatively tinted, but positively managed, interactions can be superior to their positive counterparts in promoting good health outcomes (Rook, 1984), perhaps because self-esteem, internal locus of control, and social resilience result as a consequence of coping with difficult interpersonal encounters. In this chapter we steer a different course from the research mentioned ...

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