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Researching Interpersonal Relationships

Researching Interpersonal Relationships
Qualitative Methods, Studies, and Analysis

Written especially for relationships researchers on qualitative research—first of its kind!

March 2013 | 256 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This accessible book explores and demonstrates methodological tools used to guide qualitative relationships research, especially studies of interpersonal communication. Researching Interpersonal Relationships introduces both classic and cutting-edge methodological approaches for qualitative inquiry and analysis, including opening chapters with accessible overviews of interpretive theory and research design. Additional chapters feature a detailed overview of a specific method and analytical tool and are illustrated by original research studies from leading scholars in the field, each in a different interpersonal communication context. Post-study interviews with the researchers are also provided to allow new and experienced researchers a better understanding of how qualitative research approaches can expand and solidify understandings of personal relationships. This groundbreaking book is the first of its kind written especially for relationships researchers on qualitative research, and it makes a welcome addition to advanced undergraduate and graduate student classrooms as well as any serious qualitative relationships researcher's bookshelf.
Introduction: Embracing a Full Spectrum of Interpersonal Communication Research
1. Understanding Personal Relationships through an Interpretivist-Oriented Lens
2. Method and Analysis in Qualitative Relationships Research
3. Interviews, Emotion Coding, and a Family Communication Study
4. Focus Groups, Values Coding, and a Romantic Relationships Study
5. Open-Ended Surveys, Taxonomic Coding, and a Friendship Study
6. Ethnography, Dramaturgical Coding, and a Sexuality Study
7. Discourse Analysis, Thematic Analysis, and a Study of Computer-Mediated Communication
8. Narrative Inquiry, Crystallization, and a Study of Workplace Relationships
9. Writing and Presenting Qualitative Interpersonal Communication Studies

"I like the fact the authors don’t take for granted that the reader knows much about qualitative research. They describe important terms and concepts well.…Yet, uncannily, they bring the reader into a heavily debated argument in the discipline from the very beginning. The reader is compelled to want to know more about methods."

Kandi L. Walker
University of Louisville

"The clear, no-punches-pulled explanation of what interpretive communication research is and is not should be required reading for every student who takes a course in research methods.…Well written and the best guidance I’ve seen in writing for scholars about to engage in qualitative communication research. Where was this book when I was in graduate school?"

Michael Irvin Arrington
University of Kentucky

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Jimmie D. Manning

Jimmie Manning (PhD, University of Kansas) is an associate professor of communication at Northern Illinois University. His research program focuses on meaning-making in relationships and has been supported by a number of funding agencies including the National Science Foundation and Learn & Serve America. He has generated over 50 publications including the co-edited Case Studies of Communication About Sex and journal articles in outlets such as Communication Monographs and Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. That research has won numerous awards, including the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Early Professional... More About Author

Adrianne D. Kunkel

Adrianne Kunkel (PhD, Purdue University) is an associate professor at the University of Kansas. Her research program focuses on personal relationships, sex/gender similarities and differences, and domestic violence intervention. She has received grants to study how people cope with distressing events through narrative, how participation in support groups affects breast cancer survivors, and how domestic violence survivors and their advocates pursue freedom from abuse. She has published over 40 book chapters and articles in outlets such as Human Communication Research, Communication Monographs, Journal of Applied Communication Research, and... More About Author

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