Message production across the life span: Communication and aging

Jon F. Nussbaum, Doreen K. Baringer

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Contemporary communication researchers do not incorporate a life-span perspective in their theories of message production. A case is made here for including life-span perspectives. In addition, we describe and explain numerous age-related changes in a person's ability to produce competent messages. We present two theories of successful aging, along with a brief review of research related to the aging process and message production in order to illustrate the importance of incorporating the life-span perspective into message-production theorizing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)200-209
Number of pages10
JournalCommunication Theory
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Communication
  • Linguistics and Language


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