Table of Contents

General theortical and methodological issues: Explicating communicative competence as a theorerical term ; Models of adult communication skill acquisition: practice and the course of performance improvement ; Methods of interpersonal skill assessment ; Methods of social skills training and development. - Fundamental interaction skills: Nonverbal communication skills ; Applying the skills concept to discourse and conversation: the remediation of performance defects in talk-in-interaction ; Message production skill in social interaction ; Message reception skills in social communication ; Impression management: goals, strategies, and skills. - Function-focused communication skills: Informing and explaining skills: theory and research on informative communication ; Arguing skill ; Persuasion as a social skill ; Managing interpersonal confligt: a model of events related to strategic choices ; Emotional support skills ; How to "do things" with narrative: a communication perspective on narrative skill. - Skills in close personal relationships: Friendship interaction skills across the life-span ; Accomplishing romantic relationships ; Communication skills in couples: a review and discussion of emerging perspectives ; Parenting skills and social-communicative competence in childhood. - Skills in public and professional contexts: Negotiation skills ; Communication skills for group decision making ; Skillfully instuctiong leaners: how communicators effectively convey messages ; Interpersonal communication skills in health care contexts ; New directions in intercultural communication competence: the process model.