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ERIC Number: ED151872
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
Pages: 28
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Reference Count: 0
The Influence of Functional Communication Patterns on Interpersonal Attraction.
Spear, Steve; And Others
This study examined the effects of functional communication patterns on interpersonal attraction, using a ten-category system of interaction analysis. Eight undergraduates were randomly selected and assigned to four unacquainted male-female pairs. After completing a physical attraction measure of their partners in the pairs, members of two pairs were instructed to get acquainted and conduct an ordinary conversation on any topic for fifteen minutes, while members of the other two pairs were asked to complete a task that required bilateral agreement. All subjects completed posttest attraction measures at the end of the fifteen minutes. The results show that males tend to be task oriented and to play a more dominant role in task conditions, while females tend to engage in more interaction maintenance behaviors in both task and non-task conditions. Attraction measures were higher in the "no task" condition, and task participants tended to decrease their attraction ratings from pretest to posttest measures. It is concluded that the devised category system was useful, that a relationship exists between functional (task-oriented) responses and interpersonal attraction, and that sex role stereotyping affects attraction and interaction. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (63rd, Washington, D.C., December 1-4, 1977)