Communication and Resilience: Introduction to the Journal of Applied Communication Research Special Issue

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Resilience, communication, individual, family, organization, community, national

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This special issue of the Journal of Applied Communication Research is focused on communication and resilience. The issue contains seven articles that consider communicative aspects of individual, family, organizational, community, and national resilience. Included articles examine: resilience and relational load among families of dual earning couples; parental emotion coaching and adolescent resilience in families of harmful and non-harmful alcohol use; communication resilience processes among cancer patients and their partners; storied resilience experiences of women political leaders in China; local emergency planning communities (LEPCs) organizing for disaster resilience; identity renegotiation and reconstruction in online spaces on the website Reddit; and disaster lesson remembering and forgetting in two communities. These articles provide a snapshot of the current state of communication and resilience research, with all contributions using theoretical perspectives to guide the investigation of communication and resilience in varied contexts. In each article, practical implications and next steps for research are identified and discussed.

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Journal of Applied Communication Research, v. 48, issue 1, p. 1-4