This accessible book explores and demonstrates methodological tools used to guide qualitative relationships research, especially studies of interpersonal communication. Researching Interpersonal Relationships introduces both classic and cutting-edge methodological approaches for qualitative inquiry and analysis, including opening chapters with accessible overviews of interpretive theory and research design. Additional chapters feature a detailed overview of a specific method and analytical tool and are illustrated by original research studies from leading scholars in the field, each in a different interpersonal communication context. Post-study interviews with the researchers are also provided to allow new and experienced researchers a better understanding of how qualitative research approaches can expand and solidify understandings of personal relationships. This groundbreaking book is the first of its kind written especially for relationships researchers on qualitative research, and it makes a welcome addition to advanced undergraduate and graduate student classrooms as well as any serious qualitative relationships researcher's bookshelf.

Writing and Presenting Qualitative Interpersonal Communication Studies

Writing and presenting qualitative interpersonal communication studies

Functions for “Good” Interpretive Theorizing from Research

We begin our final chapter with a comment we really appreciate from the late and great Harold Lloyd (“Bud”) Goodall. He said,

One fact I love about the field of Communication is that it is large and diverse enough to embrace not only lifetimes of inquiry but also that its citizens have the good sense to recognize that no one method, approach, theory, or writing style can lead us to perfect knowledge. (2004, p. 192)

Of course, research and its methodologies ultimately serve to aid in the creation, testing, supporting, and refutation of theory, the stated accumulation of knowledge that inquiry seeks to explain and understand. Thus, research ...

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