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The Interpersonal Communication Book, 12/E

Joseph A. DeVito, Hunter College of the City University of New York

ISBN-10: 0205625703 / ISBN-13: 9780205625703
©2009 Format: Paper; 448 pages

The Interpersonal Communication Book provides a highly interactive presentation of the theory,
research, and skills of interpersonal communication with integrated discussions of diversity, ethics,
workplace issues, face-to-face and computer-mediated communication and the “dark side” of
interpersonal communication. Recognized for its ability to help students understand the crucial connection
between theory and practice, this Twelfth Edition presents a comprehensive view of the theory and research in
interpersonal communication and, at the same time, guides students to improve a wide range of interpersonal
skills. The text emphasizes how to choose among those skills and make effective communication choices in a
variety of personal, social, and workplace relationships. Superior coverage of cultural diversity, ethics,
interpersonal communication in the workplace, and the integration of face-to-face and computer-mediated
communication make The Interpersonal Communication Book the best choice for preparing students to
communicate successfully in today's world.

ƒ Well-grounded in research, the Twelfth Edition offers “Understanding Theory and Research” boxes in
every chapter highlight relevant theories and research.
ƒ Updated and unique "Ask the Researcher" boxes feature renowned theorists and researchers providing
answers to questions typically asked by students in interpersonal communication courses.
ƒ "Ethics in Interpersonal Communication" boxes expose students to the ethical issues they will face in
their day-to-day lives.
ƒ Strong coverage of interpersonal communication in the workplace.
ƒ Superior, thoroughly integrated cultural diversity coverage, as well as a separate chapter on
“Culture and Interpersonal Communication” (Ch 2)
ƒ Well-developed pedagogy, including chapter summaries, key terms, critical thinking questions and “Choice
Point” activities emphasize skill-building and applications.


ƒ New chapter on “Emotional Messages” provides insight into this significant and well researched area of
interpersonal communication.
ƒ New “Choice Points” activities at the end of chapters provide scenarios and thought-provoking questions.
ƒ The “Interpersonal Relationships” chapters have been reorganized to introduce students first to
relationship stages and theories and then to different relationship types.
ƒ “My Communication Lab” Explorations featured at the end of chapters encourage students to utilize a
variety of multimedia resources to help reinforce the central concepts within the text.
ƒ The Twelfth Edition is accompanied by a blog, updated regularly by the author.

1. Foundations of Interpersonal Communication 9. Interpersonal Relationships: Stages and Theories
2. Culture and Interpersonal Communication 10. Interpersonal Relationships: Development and
3. Perception and the Self in Interpersonal Deterioration
Communication 11. Interpersonal Relationship Types: Friendship,
4. Listening in Interpersonal Communication Love, Family, and Workplace
5. Verbal Messages 12. Interpersonal Conflict and Conflict Management
6. Nonverbal Messages 13. Interpersonal Power and Influence
7. Emotional Messages Glossary of Interpersonal Communication Concepts
8. Conversational Messages Glossary of Interpersonal Communication Skills

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