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Close Encounters
Communication in Relationships

Sixth Edition
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Interpersonal Communication

January 2020 | 624 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Close Encounters: Communication in Relationships helps students learn about their own relationships with romantic partners, friends, and family members by focusing on issues that are central to describing and understanding close relationships. Best-selling authors Laura K. Guerrero, Peter A. Andersen, and Walid A. Afifi present research-based insights and content illustrated with engaging scenarios to show how state-of-the-art research and theory can be applied to specific issues within relationships. The updated Sixth Edition includes fresh content reflecting current research and trends in relationships, balanced with coverage of classic research, and continues to empower readers to be more critical consumers of information about relationships.
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
1. Conceptualizing Relational Communication: Definitions and Principles
The Field of Personal Relationships: A Brief History

 
Relationships

 
Principles of Interpersonal Communication

 
Principles of Relational Communication

 
Summary and Application

 
Key Terms

 
Discussion Board Questions

 
 
2. Communicating Identity: The Social Self
The Development of Personal Identity

 
Principles of Identity Management

 
Communicating Identity to Others

 
Summary and Application

 
Key Terms

 
Discussion Board Questions

 
 
3. Drawing People Together: Forces of Social Attraction
Attraction

 
A Framework for Understanding Attraction

 
Personal Qualities

 
Other People’s Qualities

 
Qualities of the Pair

 
Qualities of the Physical or Social Environment

 
Summary and Application

 
Key Terms

 
Discussion Board Questions

 
 
4. Making Sense of Our World: Managing Uncertainty and Expectancy Violations
What is Uncertainty?

 
Uncertainty Reduction Theory

 
Secret Tests

 
Predicted Outcome Value Theory

 
The Theory of Motivated Information Management

 
Relational Turbulence Theory

 
Expectancy Violations

 
Summary and Application

 
Key Terms

 
Discussion Board Questions

 
 
5. Changing Relationships: Stages, Turning Points, and Dialectics
Communication Skills

 
Relationship Stages

 
Turning Points

 
Relational Dialectics

 
Summary and Application

 
Key Terms

 
Discussion Board Questions

 
 
6. Revealing and Hiding Ourselves: Self-Disclosure and Privacy
Self-Disclosure

 
Privacy

 
Topic Avoidance and Secret Keeping

 
Summary and Application

 
Key Terms

 
Discussion Board Questions

 
 
7. Communicating Closeness: Affection, Immediacy, and Social Support
Closeness in Relationships

 
Affectionate Communication

 
Immediacy Behavior

 
Cognitive Valence Theory

 
Supportive Communication

 
Sex Differences in the Experience and Expression of Closeness

 
Summary and Application

 
Key Terms

 
Discussion Board Questions

 
 
8. Making a Love Connection: Styles of Love and Attachment
What Is Love?

 
Love Styles

 
Attachment Theory

 
Summary and Application

 
Key Terms

 
Discussion Board Questions

 
 
9. Communicating Sexually: The Closest Physical Encounter
Sexual Attitudes

 
Casual Sex

 
Sex in Relationships

 
Communication about Sex

 
Safe Sex

 
Summary and Application

 
Key Terms

 
Discussion Board Questions

 
 
10. Staying Close: Maintaining Relationships
Defining Relational Maintenance

 
Behaviors Used to Maintain Relationships

 
Maintenance Behavior in Romantic Relationships

 
Maintenance Behavior in Same-Sex Friendships

 
Maintenance Behavior in Cross-Sex Friendships

 
Maintenance Challenges in Other Relationships

 
Equity Theory

 
Summary and Application

 
Key Terms

 
Discussion Board Questions

 
 
11. Coping with Conflict: When Relational Partners Disagree
Conflict in Relationships

 
Conflict Styles

 
Patterns of Conflict Interaction

 
Attributions during Conflict

 
Communication Skill Deficits

 
Summary and Application

 
Key Terms

 
Discussion Board Questions

 
 
12. Influencing Each Other: Dominance and Power Plays in Relationships
Defining Power and Related Terms

 
Power Principles

 
Interpersonal Influence Goals

 
Verbal Power Ploys

 
Nonverbal Positions of Power

 
Traditional Versus Egalitarian Marriages

 
Culture, Equality, and Power

 
Summary and Application

 
Key Terms

 
Discussion Board Questions

 
 
13. Hurting the Ones We Love: Relational Transgressions
Hurt Feelings in Relationships

 
Deception

 
Infidelity

 
Jealousy

 
Unrequited Love

 
Obsessive Relational Intrusion

 
Relational Violence

 
Summary and Application

 
Key Terms

 
Discussion Board Questions

 
 
14. Healing the Hurt: Relationship Repair and Reconciliation
The Investment Model of Relationship-Maintaining Behavior

 
The Model of Accommodation

 
Remedial Strategies

 
Forgiveness

 
Relational Reconciliation

 
Relational Redefinition

 
On-Again Off-Again Relationships

 
Relational Redefinition: Can We Still be Friends?

 
Summary and Application

 
Key Terms

 
Discussion Board Questions

 
 
15. Ending Relationships: Disengagement and Termination
Why Relationships End

 
Communication as a Cause of Relational Breakup

 
The Disengagement Process

 
The Many Ways to Leave Your Partner

 
The Bad and the Good of Relationship Endings

 
Summary and Application

 
Key Terms

 
Discussion Board Questions

 
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Author Index
 
Subject Index
 
About the Authors

Supplements

Instructor Resource Site
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SAGE Edge for instructors supports your teaching by making it easy to integrate quality content and create a rich learning environment for students with:
  • a password-protected site for complete and protected access to all text-specific instructor resources; 
  • test banks that provide a diverse range of ready-to-use options that save you time. You can also easily edit any question and/or insert your own personalized questions;
  • sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses that provide suggested models for structuring your courses;
  • editable, chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides that offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for your course;
  • discussion questions to help launch engaging classroom interaction while reinforcing important content;
  • lecture notes that summarize key concepts by chapter to help you prepare for lectures and class discussions; and
  • video and multimedia links that facilitate student use of Internet resources and further exploration of topics.
Student Study Site
edge.sagepub.com/guerrero6e

SAGE Edge for students enhances learning, it’s easy to use, and offers:
  • an open-access site that makes it easy for students to maximize their study time, anywhere, anytime;
  • eFlashcards that strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts;
  • eQuizzes that allow students to practice and assess how much they’ve learned and where they need to focus their attention;
  • learning objectives that reinforce the most important material; and
  • video and multimedia links that facilitate student use of Internet resources and further exploration of topics.
     

Close Encounters is a great text for undergraduate students. The authors manage to balance breadth and depth; the book presents a variety of interpersonal topics and each topic is explored thoroughly, with relevant, up-to-date research.”

Christine K. Anzur
East Tennessee State University

Close Encounters is a text that makes heavy theories easy to grasp yet pushes our students to greater lengths of critical examination of their interpersonal relationships.”

Anasheh Gharabighi
Moorpark College

“This book is an excellent resource for any learner interested in knowing more about the research, theories, and ideas studied by interpersonal communication scholars. Not only can students develop a solid foundation about the field from this text, but they can frequently refer back as they deepen their understanding.”

Carrie D. Kennedy-Lightsey
Stephen F. Austin State University

“This text engages relationship research and theorizing to illuminate the complex experiences embedded in close relationships.”

Colleen Warner Colaner
University of Missouri

Close Encounters is a solid, well-written, and well-organized textbook for interpersonal communication.”

Zuoming Wang
University of North Texas

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 5: Changing Relationships

Chapter 15: Ending Relationships


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Laura K. Guerrero

Laura K. Guerrero has been at Arizona State since 1996 where she teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses on relational communication, nonverbal communication, statistics, and research methods. Her research focuses on communication in close relationships, emphasizing nonverbal messages, emotion, and the "dark” and “bright” sides of interpersonal communication. She is the co-author/co-editor of Nonverbal Communication in Close Relationships (Erlbaum), The Nonverbal Communication Reader, Third Edition (Waveland Press), Nonverbal Communication (Pearson), and the Handbook of Communication and Emotion (Academic Press). More About Author

Peter A. Andersen

Peter Andersen (PhD, Florida State University) is a professor at San Diego State University. The author of five books and more than 150 book chapters, research papers, and journal articles, he has received recognition as one of the 100 most published scholars in the field of communication. More About Author

Walid Adel Afifi

Walid A. Afifi (PhD, University of Arizona) is professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he teaches interpersonal communication, relational communication, nonverbal communication, and social marketing. His research revolves around people’s experience of uncertainty and their decisions to seek or avoid information in relational contexts. More About Author

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