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,
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.
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.