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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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Chapter Eight: Moral Standards, Emotions, and Communication Associated with Relational Transgressions in Dating Relationships


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Moral Standards, Emotions, AND Communication Associated WITH Relational Transgressions IN Dating Relationships



My boyfriend was on deployment with the US Navy. He had already been gone for five and a half months with only one and a half to go. He sent me an email saying that he wanted to be by himself when he got home. I was devastated. I’ve waited for him and sent him everything he’s needed with much support and then he didn’t want to spend time with me.

We hung out for two weeks during winter break and she called me her boyfriend. When school started back up we did a lot of texting and snapchatting but didn’t hang out. She kept saying she was too busy but continued to flirt with me and act like she was interested in me when we texted. This went on for a couple of months. Then she stopped texting me back. When I confronted her she said that she never wanted anything serious, it was all just for fun. I really liked her and felt that she deceived me and led me on. What a waste of my time.

One night after hanging out he looked me straight in my face and out of nowhere said he wanted to be single....

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