Close Encounters: Communication in Relationships (4th Revised edition)

Close Encounters: Communication in Relationships (4th Revised edition)

By: Peter A. Andersen (author), Walid Afifi (author), Laura Guerrero (author)Paperback

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Close Encounters: Communication in Relationships, Fourth Edition takes a relational approach to the study of interpersonal communication by focusing on issues that are central to describing and understanding close relationships. Although the primary focus is on communication research, this book emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of the study of personal relationships by including research from various disciplines such as social psychology and family studies. Organized using a developmental approach, the authors first look at initial interaction and relational escalation, then move on to issues related to maintaining intimate relationships, and finally focus on challenges relational partners face, including relationship endings.

About Author

Laura K. Guerrero has been at Arizona State since 1996 where she teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses on relational communication, nonverbal communication, statistics, and research methods. Her research focuses on communication in close relationships, emphasizing nonverbal messages, emotion, and the "dark" and "bright" sides of interpersonal communication. She is the co-author/co-editor of Nonverbal Communication in Close Relationships (Erlbaum), The Nonverbal Communication Reader, Third Edition (Waveland Press), Nonverbal Communication (Pearson), and the Handbook of Communication and Emotion (Academic Press). Peter Andersen (PhD, Florida State University) is a professor at San Diego State University. The author of five books and more than 150 book chapters, research papers, and journal articles, he has received recognition as one of the 100 most published scholars in the field of communication. Walid A. Afifi (PhD, University of Arizona) is professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he teaches interpersonal communication, relational communication, nonverbal communication, and social marketing. His research revolves around people's experience of uncertainty and their decisions to seek or avoid information in relational contexts.


1. Conceptualizing Relational Communication2. Communicating Identity3. Drawing People Together4. Making Sense of Our World5. Changing Relationships: Stages, Turning Points, and Dialectics6. Revealing and Hiding Ourselves7. Communicating Closeness8. Making a Love Connection9. Communicating Sexuality: The Closest Physical Encounter10. Staying Close11. Coping With Conflict12. Influencing Each Other13. Hurting the Ones We Love14. Healing the Hurt15. Ending Relationships

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781452217109
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 528
  • ID: 9781452217109
  • ISBN10: 1452217106
  • edition: 4th Revised edition

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