ERIC Number: ED202069
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Constructivist Analysis of Relationship Development.
Noting that communication scholars have begun to sense the inadequacy of traditional theoretic perspectives to frame the sorts of questions and answers required for a fully articulated theory of interpersonal attraction and relationship development, this paper explores the possibility of applying constructivism to that area. (It defines the constructivist perspective as that in which humans are characterized as scientists who continually form hypotheses against which to test the reality of experiences.) The paper first examines the main considerations of the theoretic perspective termed "variable analysis" and suggests how they are contradicted by the constructivist perspective. The paper then discusses the contributions that constructivism can make to both theory and research in the area of attraction and relationship development, arguing that it can provide a coherent integration of the disparate strands of research in the field and that it has the power to articulate an internally consistent theory capable of explaining differential effects as a function of differences in individual constructs and relationship stages. (FL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association (Pittsburgh, PA, April 24-26, 1981).