Inspired by recent work in positive psychology,
Positive Communication in Health and Wellness gives scholarly attention to what’s going right in people’s communication lives. The book harnesses a dispersed – but powerful – body of communication scholarship that has at its center a focus on building healthy communication contexts and generating wellness. By organizing and representing contemporary communication scholarship in the area of positive communication in health and wellness, the essays in this book will inspire collective action and further scholarship that highlights the potential for flourishing health, enhanced well-being, and greater human fulfillment through positive communication. This book will be useful in health communication courses as well as those in relational and organizational communication.
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2013. X, 351 pp.
Contents: Margaret J. Pitts/Thomas J. Socha: Positive Communication in Creating Healthy Lives, Healthy Relationships, and
Health Institutions – Claire F. Sullivan: Positive Relational Communication: Impact on Health – Juliann C. Scholl: Humor as
a Tool, Not the Therapy: A Preliminary Model of Humor in Health Communication – Christine S. Davis/John Mayo/Beth Piecora/Tessa
Wimberley: The Social Construction of Hope through Strengths-Based Health Communication Strategies: A Children’s Mental Health
Approach – Chuck F. Aust: Communication in Self-Help Support Groups: Positive Communication and the Al-Anon Experience – Carla
L. Fisher/Michelle Miller-Day/Jon F. Nussbaum: Healing through Healthy Doses of Positivity: Mothers’ and Daughters’ Positive
Communication When Coping with Breast Cancer – Kelly F. Albada/Jessica L. Moore: Moving from Positive Thinking to Positive
Talk: Implications for Relational Well-Being – Amanda J. Holmstrom: Esteem Support as a Form of Positive Communication: Connections
to Well-Being – Mary Mino: Relationship Enhancement (RE) as One Approach for Improving Health and Wellness, Attaining Communication
Gratification, and Communicating Positively – Jean DeHart: Positive Communication, Coaching, and Relational Health/Wellness
– Maureen Keeley/Paula Baldwin: Final Conversations: Positive Communication at the End of Life – Theodore A. Avtgis/Andrew
S. Rancer/Sherry G. Ford: Affirming Communication within the Healthcare Organization: Validating Strength through Talk in
Trauma Medicine – Sandra L. French: Positive Communication and Organizational Crisis: Can CEOs Look on the Bright Side? –
Janet Fulton: Communication Joy: Print Journalists and the Experience of Flow – Jenny Tatsak/Hollie D. Petit: Happy Classrooms
= Happier Students: Making the Case for Positive Communication in Education – Linda M. Johnston/Deanna F. Womack: Positive
Organizations for Older Adults in Community Settings – Claire E. Deal: Committed: Fostering Respect and Well-Being through
Collaborative Theatrical Performance at Piedmont Regional Jail – Thomas J. Socha/Margaret J. Pitts: Coda. Apples and Positive
Messages: Towards Healthy Communication Habits and Wellness.