Silent Treatment

Courtney N. Wright, Michael Elwood Roloff

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary


Silence is an inherent part of interactions often serving the functions of allowing time for focused thought, turn-taking, and showing deference. However, silence can also be used as a strategy to hurt someone. A literature has developed that focuses on the silent treatment. This entry will examine the nature of the silent treatment, factors that prompt sources to use it and the consequences of receiving it.
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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