ERIC Number: EJ632244
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2001
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Communication and Uncertainty Management.
Brashers, Dale E.
Journal of Communication, v51 n3 p477-97 Sep 2001
Suggests the fundamental challenge for refining theories of communication and uncertainty is to abandon the assumption that uncertainty will produce anxiety. Outlines and extends a theory of uncertainty management and reviews current theory and research. Concludes that people want to reduce uncertainty because it is threatening, but uncertainty allows people to maintain hope and optimism, such as in health communication practice. (SG)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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