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Interpersonal Communication by Charles R. Berger

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Nicholas A. Palomares

4 The goal construct in interpersonal communication

Abstract: Although scholars invoke the goal construct to understand interpersonal communication, comprehensive and consistent conceptualizations of the construct are difficult to find in the literature. Much research a) does not define the goal construct leaving it as a given or primitive term, b) implicitly suggests a definition, or c) provides only a partial definition. Likewise, scholars often conflate goals with related but conceptually distinct constructs. The current chapter addresses these concerns. First, the goal construct is explicitly defined: Goals are mental representations of a desired end-state that can reside in hierarchies and be set at various levels ...

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