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The SAGE Handbook of Conflict Communication: Integrating Theory, Research, and Practice is the first resource to synthesize key theories, research, and practices of conflict communication in a variety of contexts. Editors John Oetzel and Stella Ting-Toomey, as well as expert researchers in the field, emphasize constructive conflict management from a communication perspective which places primacy in the message as the focus of conflict research and practice.

Family Conflict Communication
Family conflict communication

Family communication is of great interest to researchers, counselors, and laypeople alike for at least three reasons. First, family is the context in which adults and children experience a great part of their most important and most intimate interpersonal relationships. Because most persons' overall life satisfaction is dependent on the quality of their interpersonal relationships, the quality of family communication has great significance for the overall quality of life for most people in our society. Second, families are children's main socialization agents (Noller, 1995). That is, the communication and relationship skills that children acquire in their families of origin, or fail to acquire, will affect the quality of their interpersonal relationships throughout their lifetime. Finally, unlike adults who are essentially ...

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