ERIC Number: ED207115
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Regulation of Nonverbal Intimacy: Searching for an Adequate Methodology.
Bakken, David G.
Proposing that most studies of nonverbal intimacy regulation have inadequately tested the compensation model (changes in any component of intimacy necessitate compensating changes in other components to maintain an equilibrium), this paper examines the nature of methodological problems in such studies and offers three suggestions for improved research of the compensation model. The methodological problems are discussed under two main categories: the control of extraneous variables and the selection of an appropriate research paradigm. The three methodological requirements that are proposed for adequate investigation of intimacy regulation are (1) that actual interactions be studied, (2) that each subject experience a change in intimacy, and (3) that special care be exercised if confederates are used to introduce changes in nonverbal intimacy. Suggestions are offered for future research in the study of intimacy regulation, including the use of representative designs, ethnomethodological techniques, and microkinesic analysis. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Eye Contact; Intimacy
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Canada, September 1-5, 1980).