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The Handbook of Lifespan Communication


Edited By Jon F. Nussbaum

The Handbook of Lifespan Communication is the foundational scholarly text that offers readers a state of the art view of the varied and rich areas of lifespan communication research. The fundamental assumptions of lifespan communication are that the very nature of human communication is developmental, and, to truly understand communication, change across time must be incorporated into existing theory and research. Beginning with chapters on lifespan communication theory and methodologies, chapters are then organized into the various phases of life: early childhood, adolescence, emerging adulthood, middle adulthood, and older adulthood. Top scholars across several disciplines have contributed to chapters within their domains of expertise, highlighting significant horizons that will guide researchers for years to come.
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

The handbook of lifespan communication / edited by Jon F. Nussbaum. pages cm. — (Lifespan communication: children, families, and aging; vol. 2) Includes bibliographical references and index.

1. Interpersonal communication. 2. Communication—Psychological aspects. 3. Developmental psychology. I. Nussbaum, Jon F. BF637.C45H259 153.6—dc23 2014012237

ISBN 978-1-4331-2266-8 (hardcover)

ISBN 978-1-4331-2265-1 (paperback)

ISBN 978-1-4539-1367-3 (e-book)

ISSN 2166-6466

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Cover photo: “The Climb of Life” by Amber Worthington

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