Maladaptive Sequences

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Communicating is typically viewed as an important way to meet needs and solve problems. Indeed, some forms of communication effectively meet goals. Yet it sometimes can fail. To address this problem, social scientists have studied maladaptive communication sequences. This entry examines the nature of these sequences, identifies the antecedents of maladaptive sequences, types of maladaptive behaviors and patterns, and discusses ways to prevent them.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe International Encyclopedia of Interpersonal Communication
EditorsCharles R Berger, Michael E Roloff
PublisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing
ISBN (Print)9781118306055
StatePublished - 2016


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