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ERIC Number: ED119252
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 132
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Facilitative Communication and Interpersonal Relationships: An Empirical Test of a Theory of Interpersonal Communication.
Cissna, Kenneth Norman
The purpose of this study was to test a theory of interpersonal communication in non-therapeutic relationships. The theory was derived primarily from the work of Carl Rogers and Robert Carkhuff in psychology and from Evelyn Sieburg's theory of interpersonal confirmation in speech communication. In order to test the three generated hypotheses, a sample of 30 couples was randomly selected from University of Denver married student housing. Data were collected in the couples' homes in two sessions. One session involved each person completing three instruments which provided measures of perceived confirmation, personal growth, and intimacy. The couples were asked to have a twenty minute discussion with one another during the other session. Some of the findings were that there is a moderate relationship between the facilitative communication of each person and the extent to which the other feels confirmed; there is no significant relationship between the level of personal growth exhibited and the degree to which the person communicates in facilitative and self-disclosing ways to the other; and there were important and significant differences between the sexes regarding these results. (Author/TS)
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