Introduction: the interdependent influence among relationships, health, and wellness Jennifer A. Theiss and Kathryn Greene; Part I. Interpersonal Influence in Health and Relationships: 1. Differences in perceptions of spousal influence and family communication in cancer risk-reducing behaviors Wendy C. Birmingham and Maija Reblin; 2. Stigma, heteronormative passing with healthcare providers, and partner health involvement in male same-sex couples Stephen M. Haas; 3. 'Let's take a walk': relationship maintenance and health communication in romantic relationships Tricia Burke; Part II. Information Management in Health and Relationships: 4. Health-related issues that individuals with type 2 diabetes avoid discussing with their romantic partner John Leustek and Jennifer A. Theiss; 5. Closeness, recipient response, and interaction effectiveness: an application of the actor-partner interdependence model in the mental health disclosures Maria K. Venetis, Patricia E. Gettings and Skye Chernichky-Karcher; 6. From the drawing board to the kitchen table: an analysis of parental messages concerning nutrition, physical activity, and weight Emily Scheinfeld, Erin Nelson and Brittani Cook; Part III. Uncertainty in Health and Relationships: 7. 'We have been robbed of the life we planned': relational turbulence and experiences of Alzheimer's disease Danielle Catona; 8. Communication as a source of misunderstanding and a resource for responding to the stress of parental caregiving Teresa Keeler; 9. Examining uncertainty and interference with cardiology patients: applying a relational turbulence perspective in health contexts Amanda Carpenter, Kathryn Greene, Maria G. Checton and Danielle Catona; 10. Uncertainty management in bereavement: parent and child uncertainty sources and management strategies Brandi N. Frisby, Jacob M. Matig and Christina J. Harris; Part IV. Support and Caregiving in Health and Relationships: 11. Family reactions to partner stress and depression in same-sex couples: a dyadic examination of the moderating effects of dyadic coping Chun Tao, Ashley K. Randall and Casey J. Toenhagen; 12. 'I just want my wife and my life back': men's experiences of stress and social support during their partner's postpartum depression Keli Steuber-Fazio, Keelin Moran, Caitlin McNair and Erica Cogland; 13. Communication skills (Comskil) training for oncology nurses to improve patient centered care Smita C. Banerjee, Ruth Manna and Patricia A. Parker; Part V. Communication Patterns in Health and Relationships: 14. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic parents' orientations toward conformity and conversation as predictors of attachment and psychological well-being for adult children of alcoholics Marie C. Haverfield and Jennifer A. Theiss; 15. Alzheimer's caregiver distress in adulthood: the role of time invested in caregiving and family verbal aggression in childhood Lindsay Susan Aloia and Anne M. Stone; 16. Depression and sexual intimacy: layered challenges and communication strategies Amy L. Delaney; Epilogue: the important role of relationship research in promoting healthy individuals and relationships Jennifer A. Theiss and Kathryn Greene.