Communication and Relationship Maintenance

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Marianne Dainton and Scott A. Myers
©2020, 244 pages

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    Communication and Relationship Maintenance provides readers with a comprehensive, dynamic examination of relationship maintenance across a variety of relational contexts. Informed by contemporary research and literature in communication, psychology, and sociology, this text introduces the study of relationship maintenance, highlights current issues and debates, and provides insight as to the future of the discipline.

    Each chapter focuses on a particular relationship type and emphasizes a concept that influences its maintenance. For each relationship, authors Marianne Dainton and Scott A. Myers explore critical theories used to understand the maintenance process for the relationship and illuminate its unique features, the maintenance behaviors typically applied in the relationship, and the significant influences on the use of maintenance activities for that particular type.

    Relational contexts covered include opposite-sex romantic relationships, same-sex romantic relationships, friendships, family relationships, and workplace relationships. Additional chapters examine cultural variations on the maintenance process, the role of mediated communication on relationship maintenance, and the future of scholarly study within the discipline.

    Communication and Relationship Maintenance is well suited for advanced undergraduate and graduate and courses in relational and interpersonal communication.

    Marianne Dainton (Ph.D., The Ohio State University) is a professor of communication at La Salle University. Dr. Dainton is the author/coauthor of Strategic Communication Research Methods, Communication and Relational Maintenance, Applying Communication Theory for Professional Life, and Maintaining Black Marriage.
    Scott A. Myers (Ph.D., Kent State University) is a professor and the Peggy Rardin McConnell Endowed Teaching Chair of Communication Studies at West Virginia University, where he teaches courses in instructional communication, organizational communication, and communication pedagogy. Dr. Myers is the coauthor of The Fundamentals of Small Group Communication and The Communication Age: Connecting and Engaging.
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    “The single most impressive aspect is the synthesis of literature focused specifically on relational maintenance across relational contexts. It’s a great project. … This text provides an in depth look at an important IPC process and provides a state of the art synthesis of the literature on this topic that isn’t available anywhere else to my knowledge.”
    Katherine M. Castle, Assistant Professor of Practice, Interpersonal, and Family Communication, Assistant Department Chair, and Director of Undergraduate Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    “The comprehensiveness of the review is the most impressive aspect, in my opinion. This book, it would seem to me, would be the most up-to-date book we have summarizing the body of research on the topic, written by two premier experts in the area. This aspect would make the book both an excellent course text, but also a good one for researchers to keep on their shelves.”
    Stephen M. Yoshimura, Professor of Communication Studies, University of Montana

    “The chapters are incredibly comprehensive in the literature that is included. I don’t think a maintenance study has slipped by them.”
    Bree McEwan, Assistant Professor of Communication, DePaul University

    “Graduate students would benefit greatly from this text because they would have a comprehensive guide to foundational and contemporary research about relational maintenance. It would be a great resource for anyone wanting to conduct research in relational maintenance not only for the thorough and immense literature review, but seeing how scholars build from one another’s good work. Undergraduates would be exposed to research about relational maintenance with more depth and breadth than they would get in any interpersonal communication or relational communication textbook. … The most impressive aspect of this book is the sheer breadth of research covered. It is an extensive and thorough literature review. It seems like the most comprehensive review of research in a specific subfield that I have ever seen. … Great work on compiling such a great review of literature.”
    Joshua R. Pederson, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, The University of Alabama

    “This would be an excellent resource for advanced students and graduate students interested in relational communication. I appreciate the fact that the book sticks with some major theories in interpersonal communication. Students who read this book can see how a theory can be used to explain multiple contexts. I would be confident that a student would have a solid foundation in relational maintenance behaviors after reading this text.”
    Tim Curran, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Utah State University