the file drawer problem but authors must be diligent and not miss work that is germane to the topic under study. Too many of these types of lacunae in a meta-analysis can seriously undercut the confidence of the reader in the author's conclusions.
Finally, I have taken a rather casual sociology of knowledge approach to the topics covered in this book and divided them into two major groups. The first group grappled with gender differences and the second employed meta-analysis to examine a variety of traditional topics in the study of interpersonal communication. By choice of topic and theory testing, as well as their careful analytic work, the chapters in this volume represent a number of advances for the study of interpersonal communication through meta-analysis.