Interpersonal Communication and Human Relationships

Series
Allyn & Bacon
Author
Mark L. Knapp / Anita L. Vangelisti  
Publisher
Pearson
Cover
Softcover
Edition
5
Language
English
Total pages
464
Pub.-date
June 2004
ISBN13
9780205414932
ISBN
0205414931
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Description

Written by two well-respected researchers and authors in the field, Interpersonal Communication and Human Relationships offers the most comprehensive and widely used developmental and analytical approach to communication in close relationships.

Focusing on the role of communication in the coming together and the coming apart of relationships, this accessible text introduces students to relational communication theories by using common examples-relationships with roommates, friends, and parents-to help them better understand and retain concepts.

A classic for more than twenty years, Interpersonal Communication and Human Relationships retains all of the Fourth Edition's highly praised features, including the latest research from communication and social psychology; thorough coverage of dialogue, speech, and interaction patterns; interesting boxed inserts, cartoons, and diagnostic tests; and an effective writing style that engages students and holds their interest.

Features

  • A model of relationship development provides a strong, accessible framework for understanding communication transactions.
  • “Dear Dr. Knapp” and “Dear Dr. Vangelisti” letters-written by real students-pose problems and provide a context for some of the concepts discussed in each chapter.
  • Numerous examples of conversations and conversational strategies provide concrete instances of communication that students can relate to and use to apply theoretical information to their daily lives.
  • Solidly grounded in research, the text includes the latest research from communication and social psychology.
  • Cultural references add global perspective and assist students in developing key interpersonal concepts.

New to this Edition

  • Informed with the most up-to-date research on interpersonal communication and human relationships; for example, the Fifth Edition includes new coverage of the evolutionary approach on jealousy in relationships.
  • New coverage of the impact of technology on relationships is offered throughout the text, including rules to follow when meeting people for online dating.
  • Because understanding of cultural issues and diversity is so critical for good relationships, the Fifth Edition includes increased coverage of cultural issues and diversity and its influence on relationships.

Table of Contents

Every chapter includes “Summary,” “Selected Readings,” and “Notes.”

I. HUMAN COMMUNICATION IN DEVELOPING RELATIONSHIPS.

1. Communication: The Lifeblood of Relationships.

Relationship Messages.

Five Important Misconceptions About Communications in Relationships.

How Communication Changes as Our Relationships Develop.

Dimensions of Communication: Patterns and Variations.

2. Stages of Coming Together and Coming Apart.

Types of Relationships.

A Model of Interaction Stages in Relationships.

Interaction Stages.

Movement: In, Out, and Around Stages.

II. FACTORS AFFECTING HUMAN COMMUNICATION BEHAVIOR IN RELATIONSHIPS.

3. The Nature of the Communicators.

The Influence of Interpersonal Needs.

Interpersonal Needs Across the Lifespan.

Interpersonal Needs of Females and Males.

4. The Communication Environment: Cultural and Physical.

The Influence of the Cultural Environment.

The Influence of the Immediate Physical Environment or Setting.

III. INTERACTION PATTERNS FOR COMING TOGETHER.

5. The Genesis of Dialogue.

Getting Together.

Sizing Up the Other Person.

The Many Faces of Attraction.

6. Interaction Rituals.

Communication Rules.

The Rhetoric of Hello.

Forms of Address.

Relationship “Openers.”

Small Talk.

7. The Foundations of Intimate Dialogue.

Loving and Liking.

Foundations of Intimacy.

IV. INTERACTION PATTERNS AND THE MAINTENANCE OF RELATIONSHIPS.

8. Maintaining Relationships through Dialogue: Disclosures, Lies, and Fights.

Self-Disclosure, Confidentiality, and Trust.

Lying.

Constructive Conflict.

9. Maintaining Relationships Through Dialogue: Commitment and Intimacy.

Commitment and Commitment Talk.

Personal Idioms.

Giving Compliments and Gifts.

Giving Comfort.

Persuasion.

Sex Talk.

Intimate Play.

Intimacy Without Words.

V. INTERACTION PATTERNS FOR COMING APART.

10. Communication and the Process of Relationship Disengagement.

Terminating Relationships.

Communication During Relationship Decay: Return of the Stranger.

11. The Dialogue of Distance and De-Escalation.

Some Potentially Destructive Patterns of Communication: An Interpersonal Chamber of Horrors.

VI. TOWARD MORE EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION IN RELATIONSHIPS.

12. Evaluating and Developing Effective Communication in Relationships.

The Relativity of Effective Communication.

Perceptions of Effective Communication.

Rx for Effective Communication.

Becoming an Effective Communicator.

Writing Your Own Story.

Communicating Effectively Together.

Author Index.
Subject Index.

Back Cover

Praise for Knapp and Vangelisti's
Interpersonal Communication and Human Relationships

“Knapp & Vangelisti do a great job of discussing relationships and interpersonal communication, a trend that is very popular with today's students.”
Rona Leber, Bossier Parish Community College

“I think this text is different and/or better than others because it covers areas of human relationships not found in other texts.”
Laura Sullivan, Northern Kentucky University

“Strengths include coverage of a wide variety of basic interpersonal concepts used in our field and good overview of contemporary (as well as older) research.”
Melanie Booth-Butterfield, West Virginia University

“I think this is better written than most of the texts I come across. My students also seem to find it suitably demanding, yet accessible and interestingly written.”
Robin Gilmour, University of California, Santa Barbara

“In my opinion, the primary strength of this text is its firm foundation derived from the years of experience of the authors. In addition, the inclusion of a great deal of empirical research results makes the text even stronger.”
Thomas D. Bovino, Suffolk County Community College

About the Authors

Dr. Mark L. Knapp is the Jesse H. Jones Centennial Professor in Communication at the University of Texas, where he has taught for more than 20 years. In 1999 he was awarded membership in the University of Texas Academy of Distinguished Teachers. He is a Fellow of the International Communication Association and served as its President in l975-76. He received the Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Communication Association in l993 and served as President of that association in l989-90. Dr. Knapp has acted as consultant, lecturer, and/or trainer for over fifty different business organizations, voluntary groups, and government agencies. In addition, he is the author of 11 books and numerous chapters, articles and book reviews.

Dr. Anita L. Vangelisti is currently a professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Texas. She has published articles in journals such as Communication Monographs, Human Communication Research, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personal Relationships, and more. Dr. Vangelisti has co-edited two books, co-authored one, and is presently working on two more volumes. She is associate editor of Personal Relationships, she edited the ISSPR Bulletin, and she has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals, including Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Human Communication Research, Communication research, Communication Quarterly, The Southern Communication Journal, and Communication Studies.