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The Communication of Jealousy

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Jennifer L. Bevan

This book won the 2014 National Communication Association’s Diamond Anniversary Book Award

This book received the 2014 Gerald R. Miller Outstanding Book Award from the «Interpersonal Communication Division of the National Communication Association» and the «National Communication Association – Communication and Social Cognition Division – 2013 Distinguished Book Award»

Informed by a wide variety of academic disciplines and offering a unique interpersonal communication approach to the study of jealousy, The Communication of Jealousy examines, integrates, and informs research on jealousy experience and expression. The book’s integration and interpretation of academic jealousy research is through a jealousy expression lens, meaning that the focus will be particularly, but not exclusively, on jealousy research that includes a behavioral or communicative component that is drawn from a number of academic disciplines as diverse as communication, social and clinical psychology, sociology, criminology, forensic anthropology, and the biological sciences. To date, no academic book has considered jealousy primarily from an interpersonal communication perspective; in doing so, this book effectively connects jealousy research from related academic disciplines and develops a theory that advances the state of jealousy expression research.
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Acknowledgements

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I am grateful to a number of individuals who assisted me either directly or indirectly in guiding this book from an idea to an actuality. Jealousy is a topic that has fascinated me since my first semester of graduate school in the fall of 1997, and many scholars and friends have provided invaluable help to me along the way, now over 15 years later. My thanks first and foremost to Wendy Samter, my brilliant advisor at the University of Delaware, who initially encouraged my interest in studying jealousy and who was instrumental in setting me on the path to becoming the interpersonal communication scholar that I am today. I am also grateful to my dissertation advisor at the University of Georgia, Jerry Hale, for patiently assisting me as my scholarly interest in jealousy truly blossomed, and for Laura Guerrero’s valuable input to and support of my research throughout the years. My department chair at Chapman University, Fran Dickson, has also been unwaveringly supportive about this project, as well as helpful in my navigation of the publishing process.

Walid Afifi, Charles Pavitt, Jennifer Monahan, Kenzie Cameron, Tina Harris, the late Michael Kernis, Steve Yoshimura, Karin Tidgewell, Kristen Stetzenbach, and Pam Lannutti have been wonderful, collaborative committee members or co-authors on my jealousy research projects. Karen Shallcross, Sandy Williams Hilfiker, Kristy Maddux, John Lynch, Megan Dillow, Jennifer Waldeck, Lisa Sparks, and Veronica Hefner have been true friends through the years who have provided me with invaluable advice (or distractions!) when...

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