Routledge – 2005 – 328 pages
Series: Routledge Communication Series
This innovative text emphasizes how communicative processes develop, are maintained, and change throughout the life span. Topics covered include language skills, interpersonal conflict management, socialization, care-giving, and relationship development. Core chapters examine specific communication processes from infancy through childhood and adolescence into middle age and later life.
In its exploration of the role of communication in human development, this volume:
*overviews the theoretical and methodological issues related to studying communication across the life span;
*discusses foundations of communication: cognitive processes and language;
*examines communication in relational contexts and communication competencies;
*considers communication in leisure and the media with relevance to the life-span perspective; and
*presents the implications of the life-span perspective for future research.
This text is intended to be used in life-span communication courses and in interpersonal communication courses with a life-span focus, at an advanced or graduate level. It may also be used in courses on family communication, aging, and language development. It will serve as a supplemental text for courses in psychology, family studies, personal relationships, linguistics, and language studies.
Contents: Preface. Part I: Introduction and Overview: Theoretical and Methodological Issues of Communication Across the Life Span. Life-Span Communication: Perspective and Methodology. Part II: Foundations of Communication: Cognitive Processing and Language. Cogntive Processes. Language Development. Part III: Relational Contexts. Family Communication: Childhood Through Adolescence. Family Communication in Later Life. Friendship Throughout the Life Span. Part IV: The Changing Nature of the Self and Relational Networks Across the Life Span. Social Roles and Transitions. Interpersonal Conflict Management. Social Support, Health, and Well-Being. Part V: Leisure and Media Use Throughout the Life Span. Leisure and Entertainment Across the Life Span. Mass Media and Children. Mass Media and the Elderly. Part VI: Summary: Implications of Life-Span Communication. Life-Span Communication: Implications and Issues for Research.