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Interpersonal Encounters

Interpersonal Encounters
Connecting Through Communication

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May 2022 | 384 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

With a practical and innovative approach, Interpersonal Encounters: Connecting through Communication shows students how interpersonal communication skills can be best used to accomplish everyday relationship goals. Guided by current interpersonal research from diverse authors and study participants, Laura K. Guerrero and Bree McEwan focus on the functions of interpersonal communication in our everyday lives and demonstrate how concepts, theories, and contemporary research apply to building, maintaining, and ending relationships. The book’s unique structure prepares students to become better communicators in their personal and professional lives.

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Chapter 1: Understanding Interpersonal Communication
Chapter 2: Performing the Self
Chapter 3: First Impressions and Initial Attraction
Chapter 4: Communicating Across Cultures
Chapter 5: Making and Managing Conversation
Chapter 6: Expressing and Managing Emotion
Chapter 7: Influencing Others
Chapter 8: Initiating and Developing Relationships
Chapter 9: Maintaining Quality Relationships
Chapter 10: Managing Conflict Communication
Chapter 11: Coping with Transgressions
Chapter 12: Ending Relationships
Capstone Chapter: Connections and Conclusions


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Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site makes it easy for students to maximize their study time, anywhere, anytime. It offers flashcards that strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts, as well as learning objectives that reinforce the most important material.

This text provides for excellent reading for students undertaking both the mental health nursing programme and for students studying communication module as part of their degree studies in Health and Wellbeing. It has been positively reviewed by the students also in class discussions.

Dr Kevin Moore
School of Nursing (Magee), Ulster University
October 11, 2022
Key features
  • This text is available in a digital option through Sage Vantage, an intuitive digital platform that offers auto-graded assignments and interactive multimedia tools—including video—all designed to enable students to better prepare for class. Learn more.
  • The text’s unique focus on interaction in interpersonal encounters from a functional perspective provides students insight on the impact in their lives. 
  • Includes both research and practical application, with over 900 citations and current examples such as the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Twitter. 
  • Chapter-opening vignettes show concepts in action to provide students real-world application and context. 
  • A ‘Skill Builder’ chapter feature describes various interpersonal skills with recommendations on ways to develop and refine each skill.
  • ‘What Would You Do’ boxes present students with different ethical scenarios and prompt them to answer what they would do in a given communication situation. 
  • A chapter-ending ‘Principles’ section summarizes the ideas and concepts of the chapter so students develop a better appreciation for understanding the big picture in interpersonal communication. 
  • Chapter-ending reflection questions and discussion board questions help students critically think about and reflect on their own communication skills and key issues in the chapter.
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