Edited By James M. Honeycutt, Chris R. Sawyer and Shaughan Keaton
This volume provides a comprehensive overview of the influences of communication on physiology and physical health status occurring in a variety of contexts, from families, interpersonal relationships, and public speaking to sport fandom, affection, fear, and the escalation of conflict. It offers a broad and up-to-date review of the relevant literature in this area of study.
Introduction by James M. Honeycutt
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James M. Honeycutt
The purpose of this book is to examine physiological studies of communication and effects on physical and mental health. We examine physiological measures in a variety of contexts, including families, interpersonal relationships, public speaking, sport fandom, fear, stress, neurology, and escalation of conflict. Early research has revealed that unhappy marriages can increase the likelihood that individuals become ill by 35% and shorten life span by an average of four years (Gottman & Silver, 1999).
There is a significant amount of research that substantiates the connection between social support/relationships (and the quality of social support/relationships) and development, onset, and/or recovery of several physical diseases/illnesses. For example, lack of effective social support and interpersonal relationships has been linked with conditions such as heart disease (Glynn, Christenfeld, & Gerin, 1999; Steptoe, Lundwall, & Cropley, 2000), different forms of cancer (Goodwin, Hunt, & Samet, 1987), epilepsy (Langfitt, Wood, Brand, & Erba, 1999),inflammatory bowel disease (Vaughn, Leff, & Sarner, 1999), and arthritis (Prigerson, Maciejewski, & Rosenheck, 1999). Stressful marital interactions lead to an increase in cardiovascular reactivity, which in turn increases the risk of coronary heart disease and premature mortality (Smith, Glazer, Ruiz, & Gallo, 2004).
Historically, few researchers employ physiological measures in their studies of communication (Beatty, McCroskey, & Floyd, 2009). This scarcity includes health communication, where perceptions and observations of physical/patient interaction skills are often measured. However, the dearth of physiology studies in the communication field is...
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