ERIC Number: ED184177
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Importance of Perceived Homophily, Uncertainty Reduction, Feeling Good, Safety, and Self-Disclosure in Interpersonal Relationships.
Prisbell, Marshall; Andersen, Janis F.
An investigation was undertaken to assess the relationship of the independent variables of perceived homophily to the dependent variables of uncertainty reduction, feeling good, and safety. In addition, the relationship of uncertainty reduction, feeling good, and safety was assessed to the dependent variables of self-disclosure. The sample consisted of 162 adults drawn from elementary and secondary school teachers, college students, child development specialists, and members of a community service organization. Each subject received a packet containing scales measuring perceived homophily, uncertainty reduction, feeling good, relational safety, and self-disclosure, and each was instructed to complete the scales with a given target person in mind. The results indicated that perceived attitude-value homophily had a moderately high independent predictive power concerning uncertainty reduction, feeling good, and safety. Perceived background homophily and perceived appearance homophily had little or no independent predictive power to those variables. In addition, the independent predictive power of uncertainty reduction, feeling good, and safety was low for self-disclosure variables. Feeling good was the single best predictor of self-disclosive communication. (Author/FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (65th, San Antonio, TX, November 10-13, 1979).