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Communicating Forgiveness by Vincent R. Waldron, Douglas L. Kelley


Communicating Forgiveness by Vincent R. Waldron, Douglas L. Kelley

Communicating Forgiveness provides a synthesis of the literature on forgiveness in relationships, with special emphasis on the central but understudied role of interpersonal communication. Authors Vincent Waldron and Douglas Kelley define forgiveness as a communication process which allows partners to confront relational wrong doing, manage intense emotional responses, forgo legitimate claims to revenge, and potentially repair the relationship. They see forgiveness as a positive, hopeful alternative to estrangement, bitterness and retribution. By focusing on communication behaviors and offering research-based guidance on effective forgiveness practices, the authors present an alternative to the prevailing psychological frameworks. Communicating Forgiveness offers new insights to anyone interested in the dynamics of personal and work relationships, conflict management, relational justice, family functioning, and related topics.


Waldron and Kelley successfully weave in examples from their qualitiative studies to illustrate various forgivemess concepts. The qualitative approach is a nice complement to the mostly quantitative work done in personal relationships. The authors provide insight into important methodological considerations such as conceptual definitions of forgiveness and measurement issues. The book fits nicely with the positive psychology movement. I found it refreshing to see a book that tackles how people can recover from such serious transgressions. -- Karen Wilson

About the Author

Vincent R. Waldron is Professor of Communication Studies at Arizona State University, where he teaches courses on communication in work and personal relationships. Professor Waldron received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1989. Dr. Waldron's research explores how employees manage difficult workplace encounters, such as expressing intense emotion, exercising upward influence, and repairing damaged relationships. The author of two previous books on these subjects, Professor Waldron has published his work in such outlets as the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Management Communication Quarterly, and Communication Yearbook. Vince Waldron has been recognized as a Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He is chair-elect of the Interpersonal Communication Division of the National Communication Association. With his wife Kathleen and daughters Emily and Laura, Vince Waldron resides in Phoenix, Arizona. Douglas L. Kelley (Ph.D., University of Arizona; M.C., Arizona State University; B.A., Westmont College) is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Arizona State University's West Campus where he studies and teaches about communication in personal and family relationships. Dr. Kelley has published his work in such outlets as Human Communication Research, Communication Studies, and Communication Yearbook. He has served as Chair of the Family Communication Division of the National Communication Association. Dr. Kelley (with his colleague Vince Waldron) received funding from the Templeton Foundation to support research on the role of forgiveness in long-term marriage.

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Publication date

12th November 2007


Vincent R. Waldron, Douglas L. Kelley

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SAGE Publications Inc


216 pages


Communication studies
Dating, relationships, living together & marriage
Popular psychology



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