Nonverbal Communication in Close Relationships (LEA’s Series on Personal Relationships)

Nonverbal Communication in Close Relationships synthesizes research on nonverbal communication in interpersonal interaction, with an emphasis on close relationships between friends, family, and romantic partners. Laura K. Guerrero and Kory Floyd argue that nonverbal communication is the result of biology, social learning, and relationship context. They discuss six prominent nonverbal theories and demonstrate how each is related to biological or sociocultural perspectives. Their research focuses on a variety of nonverbal communication functions, with an emphasis on those that are critical for the establishment, maintenance, and dissolution of close relationships.

Guerrero and Floyd highlight areas where research is contradictory or inconclusive throughout the book, in the hope that scholars will gain a better understanding of these issues in the coming years. The volume concludes with a discussion of the practical implications of the scholarly literature on nonverbal communication in relationships – a necessary component for comprehending relationships in the real world.

Nonverbal Communication in Close Relationships contributes significantly to our understanding of not only relationship processes, but also the specific functioning of nonverbal communication. It will serve as a jumping-off point for posing new questions and developing new hypotheses about nonverbal communication. It is aimed at scholars and advanced students working in the fields of personal relationship studies, social psychology, interpersonal communication, nonverbal communication, family studies, and family communication. Additionally, it will be an invaluable resource for researchers, clinicians, and couples seeking a better understanding of the complex roles that nonverbal cues play in relationships.