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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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Editors Gary A. Beck, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia Thomas J. Socha, Ph.D., Professor of Communication, University Professor, and Graduate Program Director, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia Contributors Bryan Asbury, M.S., Doctoral student, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa Patrice Buzzanell, Ph.D., Professor of Communication, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana Rachel DiCioccio, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication, and Direc- tor of Graduate Studies, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, Rhode Island Lawrence (Larry) R. Frey, Ph.D., Professor of Communication, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado Erik Green, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication, Concordia University Texas, Austin, Texas Jacquelyn Harvey-Knowles, M.A., Doctoral student, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington Veronica Hefner, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Chapman University, Orange, California Valerie Manosov, Ph.D., Professor of Communication, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington Tim P. McKenna-Buchanan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Manchester University, North Manchester, Indiana Rachel M. McLaren, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa •ABOUT THE EDITORS AND CONTRIBUTORS• 260 Andy J. Merolla, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication, Baldwin Wallace University, Berea, Ohio Sandra Metts, Ph.D., Professor of Communication, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois David L. Palmer, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado Joshua Pederson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Uni- versity of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama Brittany L. Peterson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio Lisa M. Ponche, B.A., Master’s Degree Student, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia Ashley M. Poole, M.A...

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