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Communicating Hope and Resilience Across the Lifespan

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Gary A. Beck and Thomas Socha

From serious illness to natural disasters, humans turn to communication as a major source of strength to help us bounce back and to keep growing and thriving.
Communicating Hope and Resilience Across the Lifespan addresses the various ways in which communication plays an important role in fostering hope and resilience. Adopting a lifespan approach and offering a new framework to expand our understanding of the concepts of «hope» and «resilience» from a communication perspective, contributors highlight the variety of «stressors» that people may encounter in their lives. They examine connections between the cognitive dimensions of hope such as self-worth, self-efficacy, and creative problem solving. They look at the variety of messages that can facilitate or inhibit experiencing hope in relationships, groups, and organizations. Other contributors look at how communication that can build strengths, enhance preparation, and model successful adaptation to change has the potential to lessen the negative impact of stress, demonstrating resilience.
As an important counterpoint to recent work focusing on what goes wrong in interpersonal relationships, communication that has the potential to uplift and facilitate responses to stressful circumstances is emphasized throughout this volume. By offering a detailed examination of how to communicate hope and resilience, this book presents practical lessons for individuals, marriages, families, relationship experts, as well as a variety of other practitioners.

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Series Editor’s Preface ........................................................................................ vii Acknowledgments ............................................................................................... ix Foreword ............................................................................................................. xi Anita Vangelisti Chapter One. Embracing the Insights of “Murphy”: New Frontiers of Communication, Hope, and Resilience Across the Lifespan .......................................................................................... 1 Gary A. Beck and Thomas J. Socha Section I: Contributing Processes Chapter Two. On Being (and Becoming) Mindful: One Pathway to Greater Resilience ............................................................... 15 Valerie Manusov and Jacquelyn Harvey-Knowles Chapter Three. “We Could Sure Use a Laugh”: Building Hope and Resilience Through Humorous Communication ........ 34 Rachel L. DiCioccio Chapter Four. Fostering Hope in a Hurtful World: The Role of Communication in Promoting Hope and Resilience in the Face of Difficult Experiences ..................................... 53 Rachel M. McLaren and Joshua Pederson Chapter Five. Unfolding the Transgression Scene: From Distress to Hope and Resilience .......................................................... 75 Sandra Metts and Bryan Asbury Section II: Contexts Chapter Six. (Re)Envisioning Hope & Resilience in U.S. and Norwegian Prisons ..................................................................... 97 Brittany L. Peterson and Tim P. McKenna-Buchanan •CONTENTS• vi Chapter Seven. Employment Transitions in the Aftermath of Economic Collapse: Emerging and Older Adults .................................. 119 Gary A. Beck, Ashley M. Poole, and Lisa M. Ponche Chapter Eight. Resilience, Work, and Family Communication Across the Lifespan .......................................................... 138 Patrice M. Buzzanell and Suchitra Shenoy-Packer Chapter Nine. Fear of the Unknown, Hope for the Unseen: Resilience of Child Soldiers in Uganda, East Africa .................................. 156 Erik W. Green Chapter Ten. When All Seems Lost: Building Hope Through Communication After Natural Disasters ........... 176 Andy J. Merolla Chapter Eleven. The State of Cancer Care Communication Across the Lifespan: The Role of Resilience, Hope, and Decision-making ................................................................................... 195 Lisa Sparks,...

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