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“Interpersonal communication” refers to the exchange and interpretation of verbal and nonverbal symbolic behavior within dyads. Specification of interpersonal communication processes at the microscopic as well as macroscopic levels are welcome. Additionally, I hope to publish a wide range of research using modern scholarly methods (e.g., observational, experimental, survey, qualitative). Research on dyadic communication that spans different face-to-face interactions to computer mediated communication will be featured.
Three objectives drive the Interpersonal Communication section. One objective of the Interpersonal Communication Section concerns links between interpersonal communication and personal relationships. “Personal relationships” include a variety of interpersonal involvements, including romantic, parent-child, friendship, work relationships, doctor-patient contexts, and other dyadic associations that involve for instance strangers, acquaintances, and purely role relationships. This objective underscores how communication both affects and reflects relational development. Accordingly, scholars interested in elucidating connections between message behavior and relational properties would be most welcome to submit their work.
A second objective is dedicated to advancing research on particular domains of behavior that involve different forms of interpersonal communication. Examples of such domains of behavior include identity management, supportiveness/comforting behaviors, conflict management, relational maintenance processes, conversational argument, among others. The elaboration of communication processes germane to select domains of behavior is solicited.
The third objective involves the articulation and elaboration of interpersonal communication theory. That is, the Interpersonal Communication section aims to promote an outlet for the development of statements that describe, predict, and explain communication behavior across or within dyadic contexts. Scholarly efforts to advance theory regarding cognitive, affective, and behavioral components of interpersonal communication are encouraged.
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