Providing a thorough review and synthesis of work on communication skills and skill enhancement, this Handbook serves as a comprehensive and contemporary survey of theory and research on social interaction skills. Editors John O. Greene and Brant R. Burleson have brought together preeminent researchers and writers to contribute to this volume, establishing a foundation on which future study and research will build.
The handbook chapters are organized into five major units: general theoretical and methodological issues (models of skill acquisition, methods of skill assessment); fundamental interaction skills (both transfunctional and transcontextual); function-focused skills (informing, persuading, supporting); skills used in management of diverse personal relationships (friendships, romances, marriages); and skills used in varied venues of public and professional life (managing leading, teaching).
Distinctive features of this handbook include:
* broad, comprehensive treatment of work on social interaction skills and skill acquisition;
* up-to-date reviews of research in each area; and
* emphasis on empirically supported strategies for developing and enhancing specific skills.
Researchers in communication studies, psychology, family studies, business management, and related areas will find this volume a comprehensive, authoritative source on communications skills and their enhancement, and it will be essential reading for scholars and students across the spectrum of disciplines studying social interaction.
Table of Contents
Contents: J.M. Wiemann, Foreword. J.O. Greene, B.R. Burleson, Preface. Part I:General Theoretical and Methodological Issues. S.R. Wilson, C.M. Sabee, Explicating Communicative Competence as a Theoretical Term. J.O. Greene, Models of Adult Communication Skill Acquisition: Practice and the Course of Performance Improvement. B.H. Spitzberg, Methods of Interpersonal Skill Assessment. C. Segrin, M. Givertz, Methods of Social Skills Training and Development. Part II:Fundamental Interaction Skills. J.K. Burgoon, A.E. Bacue, Nonverbal Communication Skills. R.E. Sanders, Applying the Skills Concept to Discourse and Conversation: The Remediation of Performance Defects in Talk-in-Interaction. C.R. Berger, Message Production Skill in Social Interaction. R.S. Wyer, Jr., R. Adaval, Message Reception Skills in Social Communication. S. Metts, E. Grohskopf, Impression Management: Goals, Strategies, and Skills. Part III:Function-Focused Communication Skills. K.E. Rowan, Informing and Explaining Skills: Theory and Research on Informative Communication. D. Hample, Arguing Skill. J.P. Dillard, L.J. Marshall, Persuasion as a Social Skill. D.J. Canary, Managing Interpersonal Conflict: A Model of Events Related to Strategic Choices. B.R. Burleson, Emotional Support Skills. J. Mandelbaum, How to "Do Things" With Narrative: A Communication Perspective on Narrative Skill. Part IV:Skills in Close Personal Relationships. W. Samter, Friendship Interaction Skills Across the Life Span. K. Dindia, L. Timmerman, Accomplishing Romantic Relationships. A.B. Kelly, F.K. Fincham, S.R.H. Beach, Communication Skills in Couples: A Review and Discussion of Emerging Perspectives. C.H. Hart, L.D. Newell, S.F. Olsen, Parenting Skills and Social-Communicative Competence in Childhood. Part V:Skills in Public and Professional Contexts. M.E. Roloff, L.L. Putnam, L. Anastasiou, Negotiation Skills. D.S. Gouran, Communication Skills for Group Decision Making. J.A. Daly, A.L. Vangelisti, Skillfully Instructing Learners: How Communicators Effectively Convey Messages. R.L. Street, Jr., Interpersonal Communication Skills in Health Care Contexts. C. Hajek, H. Giles, New Directions in Intercultural Communication Competence: The Process Model.
"The daunting task of usefully illuminating empirically supported strategies for developing new social skills is met at multiple levels by Greene and Burleson's Handbook of Communication and Social Interaction Skills....Beyond accomplishing a work that is both scholarly and practical, one major value of Greene and Burleson's handbook is the consistent thoughtfulness with which these impressive contributors engaged in forward skills-thinking, suggesting the stage for future scholarship and pedagogy in social skills research....Readers of this handbook will find that their abilities to understand, teach, and personally enact new relational communication skills will be provoked, enriched, and challenged."
—Communication Research Trends
"Providing a detailed review and synthesis of work on communication skills and skill enhancement, this handbook serves as a comprehensive and contemporary survey of theory and research on social interaction skills."