Reflections on Interpersonal Communication Research
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This innovative collection brings together cutting-edge research from a variety of scholars in the discipline, illustrating the expansive reach and infinite applications of this exciting field of study. Readers discover groundbreaking applications of interpersonal communication theories and concepts to family, health, intercultural, organizational, political, and mediated communication. Specific studies explore the effects of language brokering with immigrant children, the impact of verbal and nonverbal behavior on family identity, how cultural ideologies can shape reactions to long-distance relationships, how interpersonal theories are helping prepare Doctor of Pharmacy students for the communication work of patient care, and much more.
Reflections on Interpersonal Communication Research is an intriguing and highly practical examination of the theory and research being developed in the discipline today. The book is ideal for graduate and upper-level undergraduate courses in interpersonal communication, relational communication, communication theory, and for scholars in the field.
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Dawn O. Braithwaite, Ph.D., Willa Cather Professor and Chair, Department of Communication Studies, University of Nebraska—Lincoln
“Reflections on Interpersonal Communication Research is perhaps most remarkable for serving so many seemingly incongruent purposes exceedingly well. The chapters are accessible and appropriate for students or others needing an introduction to the area, yet even a senior scholar of interpersonal communication will learn a great deal. There is significant attention to the development of the area of study and particular research programs, but the book is extremely forward-looking and inspiring. It is a cliché’ to say that a book belongs on every scholar’s shelf, but I cannot say that about this volume: The study of interpersonal communication will be enriched the more people read the volume.”
John P. Caughlin, Professor and Head, Department of Communication, University of Illinois
"It's rare that interpersonal communication as an area of study has been gifted with a gem like Steve and Sandi's Reflections on Interpersonal Communication Research. Assembling a group of widely respected experts is no small task, and this volume thoughtfully brings together both a group rising stars as well as tested theoreticians to create a definitive statement on what has captured and likely will capture the attention of scholars of interpersonal communication in the next many years. However, it's one thing to document what scholars in an area find to be important, it's entirely another to assemble a collection of stories that bring theories to life. It's this kind of storytelling that will allow this volume to capture the imagination not only of active scholars in the field but also to inspire and motivate the generation of scholars to come."
Brandon Van Der Heide, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication, Director of Doctoral Studies, Michigan State University