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Welcome to the SAGE edge site for Close Encounters, Fifth Edition.

The SAGE edge site for Close Encounters by Laura K. Guerrero, Peter A. Andersen, and Walid A. Afifi offers a robust online environment you can access anytime, anywhere, and features an impressive array of free tools and resources to keep you on the cutting edge of your learning experience.


A relational approach to the study of interpersonal communication

Close Encounters: Communication in Relationships, Fifth Edition helps students better understand their relationships with romantic partners, friends, and family members. Bestselling authors Laura K. Guerrero, Peter A. Andersen, and Walid A. Afifi offer research-based insights and content illustrated with engaging scenarios to show how state-of-the-art research and theory can be applied to specific issues within relationships—with a focus on issues that are central to describing and understanding close relationships.

While maintaining the spotlight on communication, the authors also emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of the study of personal relationships by including research from such disciplines as social psychology and family studies. The book covers issues relevant to developing, maintaining, repairing, and ending relationships. Both the "bright" and "dark" sides of interpersonal communication within relationships are explored.


We gratefully acknowledge Laura K. Guerrero, Peter A. Andersen, and Walid A. Afifi for writing an excellent text. Special thanks are also due to Linda Coleman of Slippery Rock University, Vicki Karns of Suffolk University, Leslie Ramos Salazar of West Texas A&M University, Megan Tucker of George Mason University, and Nicholas Zoffel of Sierra College for developing the ancillaries on this site.