SAGE Journal Articles

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Walther, J. B., Loh, T., & Granka, L. (2005). Let me count the ways. The interchange of verbal and nonverbal cues in computer-mediated and face-to-face affinity. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 24, 36–65. doi:10.1177/0261927X04273036

This article focuses on non-verbal communication having more context cues in communication exchanges than verbal communication. Attention is given to vocal behaviors and various modes of communication including face to face and computer mediated communication. Mediated interaction is approached as a behavior that emerges from non-verbal cues.

  1. Discuss the behaviors that are more comfortable with non-verbal expressions of affection.
  2. Explain the impact of communication behaviors that deny a partner’s emotional response.
  3. Discuss how non-verbal expression can be confrontational or non-confrontational.
  4. Discuss the implications of cue interchangeability.


Heaton, K. J., & Black, L. L. (2009). I knew you when: A case study of managing preexisting nonamorous relationships in counseling. The Family Journal, 17, 134–138. doi:10.1177/1066480709332854

This article focuses on a counseling situation that engages the practice of non-amorous behaviors in communication relationships. The concept of managing multiple relationships in a situation becomes a challenge that deals with appropriate versus emotional behaviors. Supportive communication is discussed as the counselor assumes a dual role in the process of communication.

  1. Discuss the challenges faced in nonamorous relationship management.
  2. Explain the ethical concerns in dual role communication interactions.
  3. Discuss how multiple relationships may positively or negatively affect communication.
  4. Explain the problem of boundary crossing in multiple role relationships.