Communication Studies

Publication covering communication, language and linguistics.

Articles from Vol. 57, No. 4, December

Adolescents' Communicative Goals for Problematic Events: Defining Content and Examining the Influence of Identity Processing Orientations
Adolescence is a time of vast development for individuals as they experiment with adult roles, their own identities, and their relationships with others. As they navigate the transition from childhood to adulthood, adolescents often focus their efforts...
A Normative Approach to Shaping College Students' Attitudes toward Organ Donation
Background Currently, there are over 85,000 Americans awaiting an organ transplant (UNOS, 2004). This number has been steadily rising over the last 10 years and, if this trend continues, by the year 2010 there will be well over 100,000 people registered...
From the Outgoing Editor
Although additional manuscripts (ms) accepted under my editorship will appear in subsequent issues, this issue marks the final one of my tenure. It has been an amazing journey with assorted peaks, plateaus, valleys, and "speed bumps." Neither my staff...
Negative Jealousy-Related Emotion Rumination as Consequences of Romantic Partner, Cross-Sex Friend, and Sibling Jealousy Expression
Jealousy is viewed as an "inherently relational emotion" (Staske, 1999, p. 214). However, an individual's reaction to a partner's jealousy expression had escaped extensive scrutiny until recent research identified uncertainty (Bevan, 2004), emotion,...
Nonverbal Conversation-Regulating Signals of the Blind Adult
Nonverbal conversation regulation among the sighted has been carefully researched (see, for example, Beattie, 1980; Dittman & Llewellyn, 1969; Duncan, 1972, 1973, 1974; Duncan & Niederehe, 1974; Heath, 1984; Kendon, 1967, 1970; Gosling, 1981)....
On the Spot: A Functional Analysis of Congressional Television Spots, 1980-2004
Introduction Congressional elections are crucial to the American political system. They offer citizens an opportunity to influence the direction of government, hold their representatives accountable (Maisel, 1999) and reinforce the legitimacy of...
Types of Communication Triads Perceived by Young-Adult Stepchildren in Established Stepfamilies
Stepfamilies are a growing family form in the United States; an estimated one-third of children will live in a stepfamily household before they reach majority age (Fine & McBride, 2003). Yet stepfamilies often pose unique challenges to their members,...