ERIC Number: ED185632
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Is There a Communication Problem between the Black Male and the Black Professional Woman? A Black Male Perspective.
Gaston, John C.
Rapid societal changes in traditional male-female relationships partially explain current black male-female communication conflict; but first-generation black professional women face unique problems in maintaining effective communication in two subcultures. Data from a doctoral dissertation on black professional women's perceptions of their communication with black males suggested a strong influence of cultural conditioning on the participants' perceptions, goals, values, and communication strategies. Although most of these women had a positive image of the black male, they also indicated that the black male's ego was the primary cause of any communication problems. Although it was apparent that the black professional women faced unique communication problems in dyadic relationships with black males, no concrete evidence emerged from the study to suggest that such communication barriers would lead to the deterioration of black male-female relations. Effective communication between the black male and the black professional woman will require developing new communication strategies and tactics by both parties. Extensive demographic data is considered a valuable means of revealing what communication problems and what strategies for dealing with communication problems result from various cultural backgrounds. (RL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (65th, San Antonio, TX, November 10-13, 1979).