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Close Encounters : Communication in Relationships

ISBN: 9781412977371 | 1412977371
Edition: 3rd
Format: Paperback
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc
Pub. Date: 11/3/2010

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Helping students better understand their relationshipsTaking a relational approach to the study of interpersonal communication, this bestselling text focuses on issues that are central to understanding close relationships, particularly between romantic partners, friends, and family members. While it draws on interdisciplinary research, the book maintains a focus on communication.Key FeaturesOffers an in-depth discussion of key concepts: Designed for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate-level classes, the book provides a nuanced and comprehensive understanding of many facets of relational communicationIncludes high-interest topics: Designed to appeal to students, the book explores topics such as long-distance relationships, cross-sex friendships, flirting, sexual interaction, and the 'údark side'Ě of relational communicationContains 'úPut Yourself to the Test'Ě boxes: These exercises assess various aspects of students' own relationships and communication styleNew to the Third EditionMakes available the latest research: New topics covered include chemical attraction, invisible support, antisocial maintenance behaviors, common couple violence, use of social media, as well as an updated discussion of key theoriesProvides an increased focus on cultural differences: Boxed features help students appreciate cultural differences in relational communication

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