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ERIC Number: ED177619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 39
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Nonverbal Behaviors in Developing Relationships: An Empirically-Based Descriptive Analysis.
Elsea, Ken; Ashley, Dennis
A study was designed to describe the nonverbal behaviors of two male/female couples as they initiated, maintained, and terminated their relationships. Over a five-month period, couple one met seven times and couple two met six times in a laboratory setting. During the meetings, observers coded the couples' nonverbal behaviors as eye gaze, smiles, head nods, touch, hand illustrations, and hand adaptors. Both frequency and duration measures were obtained for each of these categories, providing 12 categories for analysis. Techniques of data analysis included the use of summary statistics, "smoothing," jackknife variance estimates, correlations, lag correlations, correlagrams, and factor analysis. Findings showed that a clear difference existed in activity levels of the nonverbal behaviors across time, with people generally behaving differently at the initial and final parts of the relationship than they did in the middle part. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Dyadic Communication
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (St. Louis, MO, April 5-7, 1979)