3rd Edition

Engaging Theories in Interpersonal Communication Multiple Perspectives

Edited By Dawn O. Braithwaite, Paul Schrodt Copyright 2022
    462 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    462 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    The third edition of this text maintains its place as a key resource for learning the foundational and emerging theories in the field of interpersonal communication.

    With each chapter devoted to a specific theory and authored by experts in that theory, the book gives students and scholars a comprehensive overview of this field. This edition features an expanded discussion of theory development and evaluation, a new section on theories of identity and difference in close relationships, and increased attention to social media.With the theory chapters sharing the same structure, the book ensures consistent coverage of topics within each theory.

    This book is an essential text for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in interpersonal communication and is a valued resource for scholars.


    1. Introduction: Meta-Theory and Theory in Interpersonal Communication Research

    Dawn O. Braithwaite, Paul Schrodt & Kaitlin E. Phillips

    Part 1: Individually-Centered Theories of Interpersonal Communication

    2. Affection Exchange Theory: A Bio-Evolutionary Look at Affectionate Communication

    Kory Floyd, Colin Hesse, & Mark Alan Generous

    3. Attribution Theory: Finding Good Cause in the Search for Theory

    Brian H. Spitzberg & Valerie Manusov

    4. Multiple Goals Theories: From Message Production to Evaluation

    John P. Caughlin & Steven R. Wilson

    5. Problematic Integration Theory: Uncertainty and Related Communication Challenges

    Austin S. Babrow & Kai Kuang

    6. Relational Framing Theory: Drawing Inferences about Relationships from Interpersonal Interactions

    Rachel M. McLaren & Denise Haunani Solomon

    7. Dual Process and Advice Response Theories: Explaining Outcomes of Supportive Communication

    Graham D. Bodie & Erina L. MacGeorge

    8. The Theory of Motivated Information Management: Struggles with Uncertainty and Its Outcomes

    Walid A. Afifi & Stephanie Tikkanen

    Part 2: Discourse/Interaction-Centered Theories of Interpersonal Communication

    9. Communicated Narrative Sense-Making Theory: Bridging Storytelling, Relationships, and Well-Being

    Jody Koenig Kellas

    10. Communication Accommodation Theory: Converging Toward an Understanding of Communication Adaptation in Interpersonal Relationships

    Jordan Soliz, Howard Giles, & Jessica Gasiorek

    11. Discrepant Verbal-Nonverbal Profile Theory: Making Sense of Contradicting Messages in Interpersonal Communication

    Tsfira Grebelsky-Lichtman 

    12. Expectancy Violations Theory and Interaction Adaptation Theory: From Expectations to Interactions

    Cindy H. White

    13. Face Theory: The Ongoing Performances of Our Lives

    Aimee E. Miller-Ott & Cimmiaron F. Alvarez

    14. Normative Rhetorical Theory: Explaining What Works in Challenging Communication Situations

    Daena J. Goldsmith

    15. Relational Dialectics Theory: A Dialogic Theory of Meaning-Making

    Kristina M. Scharp & Lindsey J. Thomas

    16. A Theory of Transcendent Interactions: The Ultimate Communication Thrill Ride

    John O. Greene

    Part 3: Identity-Centered Theories of Interpersonal Communication

    17. Communication Theory of Identity: Understanding the Multi-layered Nature of Identity

    Michael L. Hecht & Kaitlin E. Phillips

    18. Critical Feminist Theory: Giving Voice and Visibility to Gendered Experiences

    Katherine Denker

    19. Critical Race Theory: Dismantling Racial Oppression Through Interpersonal Communication

    Mackensie Minniear & Megan E. Cardwell

    20. Intersectionality: Theoretical Lineages Toward Interpersonal Legacies

    Robin M. Boylorn

    21. Strong Black Woman Collective Theory: Understanding the Group-level Communication Practices of Black Women

    Shardé M. Davis

    22. Queer Theory: Troubling Interpersonal Expectations of Sex, Gender, and Sexuality

    Jimmie Manning & Tony E. Adams

    Part 4: Relationship-Centered Theories of Interpersonal Communication

    23. Attachment Theory: A Communication Perspective

    Laura K. Guerrero

    24. Communication Privacy Management Theory: Significance for Interpersonal Communication

    Sandra Petronio, Jeffrey T. Child, & Robert D. Hall

    25. Developmental Theories of Relationships: Approaches to Understanding the Relational Lifespan

    Paul A. Mongeau, Mary Lynn Miller Henningsen, & Bailey M. Oliver-Blackburn

    26. The Theory of Resilience and Relational Load: Investing in Relationships to Promote Resilience

    Tamara D. Afifi, Chantel Haughton, & Allison P. Mazur

    27. Media Multiplexity Theory: Explaining Tie Strength and Technology Use

    Andrew M. Ledbetter

    28. Relational Turbulence Theory: Interpersonal Communication During Times of Transition

    Leanne K. Knobloch, Denise Haunani Solomon, Jennifer A. Theiss, & Rachel M. McLaren

    29. Social Exchange Theories: Calculating the Rewards and Costs of Personal Relationships

    Laura Stafford & Kimberly Kuiper

    30. The Theory of Interpersonal Knowledge: Interaction Requirements to Develop Dyad-Specific Familiarity

    Joseph B. Walther

    31. Truth-Default Theory: Changing Our Understanding of Human Deception

    Timothy R. Levine


    Dawn O. Braithwaite (PhD, University of Minnesota) is a Willa Cather Professor of Communication, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA. She studies discourse-dependent families, dialectics of relating, and communication rituals in stepfamilies and voluntary kin. She has published 6 books and over 130 articles and chapters. A Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association and Western States Communication Associations, Braithwaite received NCA’s Bernard J. Brommel Award for Family Communication and the Becker Distinguished Service Award. She is the Past President of NCA and WSCA.

    Paul Schrodt (PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln) is the Philip J. and Cheryl C. Burguières Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Texas Christian University, USA. He studies communication processes that facilitate family relationships, with a particular interest in conflict and stepfamily functioning. He has authored more than 100 journal articles and book chapters, has received the National Communication Association’s Bernard J. Brommel Award for Family Communication, and served as Editor of Communication Monographs.

    Accolades for the Second Edition: Winner of the Gerald Miller Book Award from the Interpersonal Communication Division of the National Communication Association