ERIC Number: ED215387
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Functional Communication Patterns and Relational Concern in Interpersonal Conflict.
Spear, Stephen J.; Miller, Larry D.
A study explored the relationship between the functional communication patterns occurring in conflict and post conflict impressions of relational concern. The first part of the study involved the development and testing of an instrument to measure perceived relational concern, while the second part investigated whether varying styles of functional communication behaviors affected postinteraction impressions of relational concern in interpersonal conflict. Subjects were 36 college students, each of whom was assigned to one 15-minute interaction with another subject. Following the interaction, each subject completed the relational concern measure of his or her partner's concern. The interactions were videotaped and the behaviors of the participants coded by trained observers. The results supported the premise that communication functions are instrumental indicators of pragmatic relational information. Postinteraction impressions of relational concern were shown to be related to functional communication behaviors, suggesting that styles of presentation of communication functions affect pragmatic relational perceptions of interactants. It was also shown that social actors can discriminate between levels of relational concern in interpersonal conflict and that communicators in such situations use differing presentational styles of communication function. (Copies of materials used in the study are appended.) (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Interpersonal Communication
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (Milwaukee, WI, April 15-17, 1982).