ERIC Number: ED240466
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Training Couples in Communication Linkages: An Empirical Study in Maximizing Family Energy through Understanding Communication Processes.
Strong, John R.; Brutz, Judy
The traditional model of communication (sender-message-channel-receiver, SMCR) treats communication as a product rather than a process of interrelated elements of interaction. The SMCR model identifies communication skills, attitudes, knowledge, and sociocultural positions as important factors affecting interactions. According to this model, the channel for transmission of messages is any of the five senses. By contrast, the Human Communication Model (HCM) uses a principles and skills approach to help individuals understand how they can influence their own lives and relationships while interacting with others. The HCM defines communication as the creation of meaning within a perceiver in response to internal and external stimuli, and the transmission of signals to others which represent personal meanings. The HCM assumes each individual is the center of his/her world, communication is an organizational function, human motivation is self-actualizing, and principles and skill influence the flow of stimuli within and between people. The second part of this paper describes a 10-week couples enrichment program in which the HMC model was implemented to help them understand communication processes through: (1) discussion of major themes of communication, e.g., creating meaning, principles, process, superverbal communication, listening, understanding, speaking, relationships, and total encounter; and (2) skill development exercises, e.g., getting acquainted, sharing, creating meaning, dimensions of being, relationships, professional communication, and closure. Each of the discussion themes and skill exercises is described separately. Detailed diagrams of the two communication models are also provided. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (St. Paul, MN, October 11-15, 1983).