Keeping The Romance Alive: How to Maintain Long-Term Relationships

Article ID: 599053

Released: 11-Feb-2013 10:45 AM EST

Source Newsroom: National Communication Association

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Newswise — Washington, DC (February 11, 2013) —Valentine’s Day conjures up images of romance and lasting love, but relationships are not always hearts, candy, and roses. Over time, couples have to work to maintain their relationships. This can include working through bouts of jealousy and conflict. Can effective communication help them work through difficult or stressful times?

Members of The National Communication Association who study interpersonal communication can provide insight into the following:

•What communication strategies can be employed by couples to navigate through conflicts?•How can couples manage affairs and betrayals of trust?•What factors go into deciding if and when someone will forgive a partner?•How can couples repair relationships after exchanging hurtful messages?

WHO:Melanie Booth-Butterfield, Ph.D.Department of Communication Studies, West Virginia UniversityShe studies interpersonal communication, and communication emotion and cognition.

Robert J. Sidelinger, Ph.D.Department of Communication and Journalism, Oakland UniversityHe studies mate value and partner baggage, dating anxiety, and hurtful teasing in romantic relationships.

Vincent Waldron, Ph.D.School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Arizona State UniversityHe studies how people manage to stay in long relationships and how they survive relational situations that are stressful, problematic, and challenging.

CONTACT:To schedule an interview with an expert, please contact Arlyn G. Riskind at or 202-534-1104.


About National Communication AssociationThe National Communication Association (NCA) advances communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific, and aesthetic inquiry. The NCA serves the scholars, teachers, and practitioners who are its members by enabling and supporting their professional interests in research and teaching. Dedicated to fostering and promoting free and ethical communication, the NCA promotes the widespread appreciation of the importance of communication in public and private life, the application of competent communication to improve the quality of human life and relationships, and the use of knowledge about communication to solve human problems.

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