Review of Interpersonal adaptation: Dyadic interaction patterns By Judee K. Burgoon, Lesa
11 Medical and Health Sciences
170204 Linguistic Processes (incl. Speech Production and Comprehension)
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AbstractIn this ambitious book, Burgoon, Stern, and Dillman present the most comprehensive coverage of the literature on interpersonal adaptation that I have seen in recent years. Their mission is to make a critical examination of this whole area from both theoretical and methodological perspectives, and then to present their own synthetic theory (interpersonal adaptation theory, IAT) and research agenda. Such a mission produces very high expectations in readers, and inevitably some readers will feel that the authors do not achieve all of it. Personally, I was impressed by how much they do achieve, and I was intrigued by the questions they did not answer. One can ask no more than this of any single book.