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ERIC Number: ED071119
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Nov
Pages: 9
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An Analysis of the Independence-Involvement Approach to Interpersonal Communication.
Kowitz, Albert C.; Lesh, Angela Dawn
The purpose of this paper is to examine the independence-involvement approach to interpersonal communication as a method for assessing participant satisfaction in social interaction. The author provides definitions of satisfying social interactions in both empirical and value-oriented terms and further attempts to determine behaviors that both contribute to and inhibit the attainment of satisfying outcomes. Reviewing relevant literature, the author infers that the dimensions of independence and involvement may be fundamental factors in interpersonal communication. He defines independence as the degree to which interpersonal decision-making is self-imposed in contrast to an external locus of control. He defines involvement as the degree to which behavior shows concern or indifference towards others. It is hypothesized that behaviors leading to an appropriate balance of these two factors contribute to satisfying social interaction. The reported study lends support to the underlying importance of the independence and involvement dimensions. (Author/LG)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Western Speech Communication Assn (43rd, Honolulu, November 18-21, 1972)