The Oxford Handbook of Advice provides a broad perspective on how advice succeeds and fails, systematically reviewing and synthesizing theory and research on advice from multiple disciplines, such as communication, psychology, applied linguistics, business, law, and medicine.
Advice, defined as a recommendation for action in response to a problem, is a common form of interpersonal support and influence. Indeed, the advice we give and receive from others can be highly consequential, not only affecting us as recipients and advisors, but shaping outcomes for relationships, groups, and organizations. Some of those consequences are positive, as when advice promotes individual problem-solving, or enhances workgroup productivity. Yet advice can also hide ulterior motives, threaten identity, damage relationships, and promote inappropriate action. The Oxford Handbook of Advice provides a broad perspective on how advice succeeds and fails, systematically reviewing and synthesizing theory and research on advice from multiple disciplines, such as communication, psychology, applied linguistics, business, law, and medicine. Several chapters explore advice at different levels of analysis, focusing on advisor and recipient roles, advising interactions and relationships, and advice as a resource and connection in groups and networks. Other chapters address advice in particular types of personal relationships (romantic, family) and professional contexts (workplace, health, education, therapy). Contributing authors also consider cultural differences, advice online, and the ethics of advising. For scholars concerned with supportive communication, interpersonal influence, decision-making, social networks, and related communication processes at work, at home, and in society at large, this Handbook offers historical perspective, contemporary theoretical framing, methodological recommendations, and directions for future research. It also emphasizes practical application, offering clear, concise, and relevant "advice for advising" based on theory and research.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Advice across Disciplines and Contexts Erina MacGeorge Lyn M. Van Swol Part I: Theory and Method 2. Advice Recipients: The Psychology of Advice Utilization Lyn M. Van Swol Jihyun Esther Paik Andrew Prahl 3. Advisors: The Psychology of Advising Hayley Blunden Francesca Gino 4. Advice Messages and Interactions Lisa Guntzviller 5. Advice in Intimate Relationships Sara Branch Elizabeth Dorrance Hall 6. Advice in Groups and Networks Lyn M. Van Swol Andrew Prahl Part II: Contexts and Applications 7. Advice in Families Cassandra Carlson 8. Advice Giving and Advice Resistance on Telephone Helplines Alexa Hepburn Chloe Shaw Jonathan Potter 9. Advice-Giving in Psychotherapy Changming Duan Sarah Knox Clara Hill 10. Advice from Healthcare Professionals Jonathan D'Angelo Anne-Lise D'Angelo, M.D. 11. Advice in Education Hansun Waring Gahye Song 12. Advice in Mentoring Relationships in Organizations Do-Yeong Kim Sujin Son 13. Advice in the Workplace Silvia Bonaccio Jihyun Esther Paik 14. Advice in the Lawyer-Client Relationship Michael McGinniss 15. Business Advice: A Demonstrability Perspective Bryan L. Bonner Nathan L. Meikle Kristin Bain Daniel Shannahan 16. Advice in Government and Policy-Making Jeswald Salacuse 17. Word of Mouth Marketing Jill Sweeney 18. Advice Communication in Cyberspace Bo Feng Xun Zhu Yining Zhou Malloch 19. Advice Across Cultures Bo Feng Hairong Feng Conclusion 20. Reflections on Advice and the Ethics of Communication Stephen Browne 21. Advice-Communication with Consequence Erina MacGeorge Lyn M. Van Swol