Laura Stafford

21Social communicative competencies across the life span

Abstract: Five areas of social communicative competencies are considered. The areas explored are pragmatic competencies; emotional and social support; conflict management; emotional interpretation and expression; and interactive media competencies. Most research in these areas has centered on early childhood/adolescence and the elderly, and thus they are the focus here. Social communication competencies are important to study due to their link with positive attributes, especially satisfying relationships, throughout life. The same skills that serve us well as children such as regulating our emotional expressions, offering support to others, and managing conflict, remain relevant ...

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