The field of close relationships is one of the most fertile areas of work in the social and behavioural sciences. Central to theoretical developments in the study of close relationships is a focus on people's interpretive activities and communication behavior. Theories of attribution and of communication styles are prominent in explanations of why and how people begin close relationships, maintain and enhance closeness, and sometimes terminate close relationships. Originally published in 2001, Attribution, Communication Behavior, and Close Relationships brings together scholars from a variety of disciplines whose work focuses on the interplay of attribution processes and communication behavior in close relationships. The book shows ways in which diverse scholarly perspectives can blend to provide insight into areas of common interest. In this case, it is the ways that people in relationships think about communication, make attributions through communication, and communicate about the attributions they make.
List of contributors; Introduction Valerie Manusov; Part I. Attribution, Affect, and Well-Being in Relationships: 1. Affective influences on communication and attributions in relationships Joseph P. Forgas; 2. Communication and attribution: an exploration of the effect of music and mood on intimate couples' verbal and nonverbal conflict resolution behaviors James M. Honeycutt and Michael E. Eidenmuller; 3. Making sense of hurtful interactions in close relationships: when hurt feelings create distance Anita L. Vangelisti; 4. The association between accounts of relationship development events and relational and personal well-being Jeanne Flora and Chris Segrin; Commentary: affect, attribution, and communication: uniting interaction episodes and global relationship judgments Denise Haunani Solomon; Part II. Attributions and Communication in Dating and Marital Relationships: 5. Attributions, communication, and the development of a marital identity Catherine A. Surra and Denise S. Bartell; 6. Causal attributions of relationship quality Ellen Berscheid, Jason Lopes, Hilary Ammazzalorso, and Nora Langenfeld; 7. The content of attributions in couples' communication Valerie Manusov and Jody Koenig; 8. Handling pressures for change in marriage: making attributions for relational dialectics Patricia Noller, Judith A. Feeney and Anita Blakely-Smith; 9. The role of marital behavior in the longitudinal association between attribution and marital quality Matthew D. Johnson, Benjamin R. Karney, Ronald Rogge, and Thomas N. Bradbury; 10. Stepping into the stream of thought: cognition during marital conflict Alan Sillars, Linda J. Roberts, Tim Dun, and Kenneth Leonard; Commentary: thanks for the curry: advancing boldly into a new millennium of relationship attribution research Frank D. Fincham; Part III. New Directions and Contexts for Attributions and Communication: 11. Attributions and regulative communications by parents participating in a community-based child physical; abuse prevention program Steven R. Wilson and Ellen E. Whipple; 12. 'True lies': children's abuse history and power attributions as influences on deception detection Daphne Blunt Bugental, William Shennum, Mark Frank, and Paul Ekman; 13. HIV-infected persons' attributions for the disclosure of the seropositive diagnosis to significant others Valerian J. Dergla and Barbara A. Winstead; 14. Attributions about communications styles and strategies: prediciting dating couples' safe-sex discussions and relationship satisfaction Candida C. Peterson, Ashlea Troth, Cynthia Gallois, and Judith Feeney; 15. Why do people have affairs? Recent research and future directions about attributions for extramarital involvement David Atkins, Sona Dimidjian, and Neil Jacobson; 16. Attribution in social and parasocial relationships Rebecca B. Rubin and Alan M. Rubin; Commentary: extending attribution theory: contributions and cautions Sandra Metts; Part IV. A Discussion of Attribution Theory for Close Relationships: 17. The status of attribution theory qua theory in personal relationships Brian H. Spitzberg; 18. Are there superior options? Commentary on Spizberg's 'the status of attribution theory qua theory in personal relationships' John H. Harvey and Julia Ormazu; Index.