ERIC Number: ED202068
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: 0
Self-Disclosure and Relational Control.
Wiemann, John M.; Widenmann, Sally J.
A study was conducted to examine self-disclosure as a relational control strategy in speech communication. Conversations of seven married couples were coded using L. E. Rogers-Millar's Relational Communication Control Coding Scheme and a self-disclosure coding system developed for the study. A message-by-message comparison of the codes from the two systems produced the following results: (1) intimate self-disclosure messages were typified by a one-up control move, (2) messages that preceded self-disclosure were characterized by either one-down or one-up control moves, and (3) with respect to the transaction, intimate self-disclosure was characterized by one-down complementarity and competitive symmetry. These results indicate that self-disclosure operates as a relational control strategy, complementing the structural and paralinguistic features of conversation that are usually considered "relational level" markers. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Interpersonal Communication; Self Disclosure
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (31st, Minneapolis, MN, May 21-25, 1981).