Graduate student Jennifer Cronin will have a chapter published in “Casing Interpersonal Communication: Case Studies in Personal & Social Relationships” written by Professor Emeritus Julia T. Wood!
Cronin, J. L. (2015, in press). The whole truth and nothing but the truth: Negotiating face while revealing difficult information. In D. O. Bratihwaite & J. T. Wood (Eds.), Casing interpersonal communication: Case studies in personal and social relationships. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.
About the book in general:
The textbook utilizes case studies as a method of teaching interpersonal communication. My book chapter is one of several case studies that has been written to help students learn how to apply interpersonal communication concepts, principles, theories, and research to real life situations. Each case study is written from various viewpoints teach
ing students to view concepts in a multifaceted way. The narratives and stories are creatively written and based on research and theories in the field of communication. The conclusions of each case study are never neatly wrapped up, forcing students to think critically and question their own attitudes, perspectives, and behaviors in the scenario. The discussion questions at the end of each chapter highlight the conceptual information in each narrative or story.
About Cronin’s chapter:
My chapter in particular focuses primarily on face and identity negotiation when revealing difficult information to parents, which is also the focus of my dissertation research. Although the story itself is completely made up, the conversations between characters, the emotions they experience, and the behaviors they engage are a true depiction of my narrative data. My chapter asks students to consider the risks and benefits of revealing difficult information, advantages and disadvantages of disclosing via various mediums, and effective and appropriate strategies for maintaining one’s desired image during times of great distress that call into question one’s managed identity.