Case Studies in Interpersonal Communication: Processes and Problems

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Dawn O. Braithwaite, Julia T. Wood
Wadsworth Publishing Company, 2000 - Drama - 278 pages
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The many narrative cases in this book offer dramatic, real-life snapshots of interpersonal theory in action. Written by established communication scholars and reflecting carefully conducted research, each case helps you apply abstract principles to specific situations, people, and relationships. As you read these cases, you'll also learn to appreciate how multiple communication dynamics work together to shape what happens in human interactions - for example, how a case focusing on self-disclosure also gives you insights into such issues as timing, context, and style of communication. And as you identify patterns revealed in the cases, you'll develop the ability to detect these patterns in your own interactions and ultimately make more informed choices about which patterns to foster and avoid in your interpersonal relationships.

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Dawn O. Braithwaite (Ph.D., University of Minnesota [interpersonal/small group/health communication]; M.A. & B.A., California State University, Long Beach [interpersonal/small group communication; communication theory and research) is nationally recognized as one of the leading scholars in family communication and in communication and disability. She is the immediate past president of the Western States Communication Association (2001-02) and is the recipient of numerous teaching and service awards (among them: 2002 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Achievement in the Social Sciences; 2002 NCA Presidential Citation for Service; 2001 Wayne Brockriede Scholar Award; 2000 ACA Gerald Phillips Mentoring Award), She has, as well, won an NCA Top Paper Award every year for the past 4 years. She is co-author of the college textbook" Case Studies in Interpersonal Communication" (Wadsworth, (c)2000) and sits or has sat on the following editorial journal boards: "Journal of Social and Personal Relationships; Journal of Family Communication; Western Journal of Communication; Communication Reports; Journal of Applied Communication Research; Southern Communication Journal; Communication Studies; Communication Monographs." She, along with co-editor Leslie Baxter, is one of the best connected and well-regarded scholars within the discipline.

Julia T. Wood (Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University) is Professor of Communication Studies and Lineberger Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She teaches and conducts research on personal relationships, intimate partner violence, feminist theory, and the intersections of gender, communication, and culture. She has authored or edited 23 books, including Who Cares?: Women, Care and Culture, and Gendered Lives, now in its 7th edition. In addition, she has published more than 70 articles and book chapters. During her career she has received 12 awards for scholarship and 11 for teaching.

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