Because You Asked: Questions Shaping Interpersonal Communication

Jonathan A. Hess, Elizabeth Baiocchi-Wagner

Because You Asked: Questions Shaping Interpersonal Communication uses a student-centered, question-driven pedagogy to inform structure and coverage. Authors Jonathan Hess and Elizabeth Baiocchi-Wagner surveyed hundreds of college students across multiple campuses to identify real-world questions about interpersonal communication and selected the most asked, most interesting, and most pressing questions. Rich in theory and coverage, the question-driven format expands relevance, making it immediately evident why any given construct or theory matters. Written through an inclusive lens to ensure that issues of diversity and equity are integral to the text, the tone is conversational and approachable, with the authors often sharing their own experiences to improve relatability and help make students comfortable engaging sensitive topics. The text works to emphasize shared experiences and build social community around topics that can improve students’ everyday lives in college and beyond. Each interactive chapter includes relevant videos that extend pedagogy, auto-graded assessments that ask students to engage with instruction, and free response questions that encourage reflection on critical concepts. This structure results in an innovative, work-saving model that offers measurable student engagement before, during, and after class.

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Table of Contents for Because You Asked: Questions Shaping Interpersonal Communication

  • Preliminaries
  • Chapter 1: Your Guide to Interpersonal Communication
  • Chapter 2: Elements of Attraction
  • Chapter 3: Developing New Relationships
  • Chapter 4: Maintaining Relationships: Strategies and Messages
  • Chapter 5: Maintaining Relationships: Nonverbal Messages, Listening, and Dealing with Transgressions
  • Chapter 6: Maintaining Relationships: Cognitive Processes and Personality Traits Associated with Satisfaction and Success
  • Chapter 7: Rethinking Conflict
  • Chapter 8: Ending Relationships
  • Chapter 9: The Bright Side and Dark Side of Relationships
  • Chapter 10: Communication in Friendships
  • Chapter 11: Interpersonal Communication in the Family
  • Chapter 12: Forming Romantic Relationships and Living Apart
  • Chapter 13: Romantic Relationships: Sex and Living Together

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