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Moral Talk Across the Lifespan

Creating Good Relationships


Edited By Vince Waldron and Douglas Kelley

Grounded in path-breaking research but written in an accessible, engaging style Moral Talk Across the Lifespan explores how our most fundamental moral commitments are shaped by crucial conversations with family members, romantic partners, and friends. Taking a lifespan approach, the authors demonstrate that moral growth is a continual process, one stimulated by transitions (e.g., leaving home for university) and disruptive events (serious illness). With chapters penned by leading relationship scholars, the volume contributes original thinking, data, and innovative theoretical pathways for researchers. For instructors it explores pressing moral questions encountered by students in their own relationships with romantic partners, friends, parents, and other family members. When is revealing a secret the right thing to do? Is revenge ever a worthy response to an insult or sleight? Why are young adults persuaded to accept some of their parents’ values but not others? Is there a right (or wrong) way to support a parent facing a terminal illness?
Moral Talk Across the Lifespan offers a stimulating blend of social science research and moral reflection. It is a key text for courses in Relational Communication, Family Communication, Interpersonal Communication, and Communication Ethics.
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Advance Praise for Moral talk across the lifespan






“This volume marks an important turn in the field of relational communication, opening a significant dialog on how ethics and moral principles are created in families and friendships.”

—Sandra Petronio, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Communication Studies, Indiana University School of Liberal Arts, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis

“What might happen if we encourage relational communication scholars and teachers to explore the moral dimensions of relationships? This important book, by Waldron and Kelley, along with a host of leading researchers, gives us the space to do so.”

—Adapted from the preface by Dawn O. Braithwaite, Ph.D., Chair & Willa Cather Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

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