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Contexts of the Dark Side of Communication

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Edited By Eletra S. Gilchrist-Petty and Shawn D. Long

Research on the dark side of communication has typically been studied from a single standpoint confined to a specific context. As an intradisciplinary project, this volume transcends the traditional unilateral perspective and focuses on a wide range of communication topics across a variety of contexts. From interpersonal communication, organizational communication, computer-mediated communication, and health communication, the book presents a collection of essays that merges theory with practical application.
Chapter contributors write candidly and unapologetically about how they and various populations under investigation mitigate a wealth of dark side behaviors spanning sexualization, cyberstalking, bereavement, and various illnesses.
The different perspectives offer a lens through which students and academics can enhance their understanding of how dark side behaviors are experienced and communicated. They enlighten our understanding of the dark side of human communication, initiate thought-provoking conversations, and inspire future studies that will advance the limitless inquisitions of contextual dark side research.

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Context 5: The Dark Side of Blended-Communication Contexts

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Context Five The Dark Side of Blended- Communication Contexts “The More Things Change…”: Technologically Mediated Abuse of Intimate Partner Violence Victims Twenty-One Jessica J. Eckstein According to Black et al� (2011), nearly half of all adults in the U�S� have been psychologically abused by a partner and physical abuse is experienced by 35�6% of women and 28�5% of men� With increasing frequency, intimate partner violence (IPV) victims are able to utilize electronic resources and social support� However, technology is also harnessed by perpetrators� Previously limited to in-person, third-party, and telephone/mail contact, today’s media abet perpetrators with new ways to harass, stalk, violate, and assault their victims (Southworth, Dawson, Fraser, & Tucker, 2005)� Research on IPV should now not only include the ways technology is used, but must ex- amine the currently unknown consequences of mediated violence� In the current study, I take an initial step in researching technologically mediated abuse (TMA) as experienced by IPV victims� After first examining the limited technological-abuse literature, I integrate results and discussion of a mixed-methods study of victims’ TMA� Laying Foundations Intimate partner violence (IPV) involves intentional physical (i�e�, implementing objects or body to corporally injure), emotional (i�e�, targeting identity to hurt or control), and/or verbal (i�e�, using profanity or offending to attack) tactics used to harm a romantic relational partner (Straus, Hamby, & Warren, 2003)� Due to a current lack of research on the topic in romantic relational contexts, it is unknown to what extent diverse types of IPV...

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