Intimates in Conflict: A Communication Perspective

Intimates in Conflict: A Communication Perspective

Intimates in Conflict: A Communication Perspective

Intimates in Conflict: A Communication Perspective

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After going through a period where it lacked differentiation, the field of interpersonal communication found a home in the study of relationship growth and dissolution in books like Mark Knapp (1984) Interpersonal Communication and Human Relationships and Don Cushman and Dudley Cahn's (1984) Communication in Interpersonal Relationships. Although a case has been made for the connection between interpersonal communication and human relationships, where does the field go from here? Although there are useful books of readings on interpersonal communication in general, there is a need for academic works that deal with specific problems such as conflict in interpersonal relationships.

Of the many books on the subject of conflict that take a communication perspective several works come to mind. In 1973, Fred E. Jandt wrote Conflict Resolution Through Communication, and, in 1974, Gerald R. Miller and Herbert W. Simons edited Perspectives on Communication in Social Conflict, which contains chapters written by communication scholars. More recently, Joseph Foger and Marshall S. Poole (1984) Working Through Conflict: A Communication Perspective, Joyce L. Hocker and William W. Wilmot's (1985) Interpersonal Conflict, and Jandt (1985) Win-- Win Negotiating: Turning Conflict into Agreement identify general principles that may apply to a variety of different interpersonal relationships. However, due to the unique features of close, personal relationships, there is a need for a book that focuses specifically on interpersonal conflict in intimate relationships.

There is also a need to take an interdisciplinary approach and to add to the increasing dialogue between communication scientists and researchers in related fields who share an interest in this important . . .

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