ERIC Number: ED153287
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Communication Correlates of Perceived Friendship Development.
Parks, Malcolm R.
Perceptions of relational development were examined in this study. One hundred and five subjects designated and evaluated three relationships each--those with an acquaintance, a friend, and an intimate friend--producing a total of 247 existing relationships for study. The subjects' evaluations were assessed according to two main variables: perceived closeness and friendship labeling. Results showed that the breadth and depth of communication, the perceived understanding, and the frequency of verbal metacommunication (talk about the relationship) increased as perceived closeness increased. In terms of the friendship-labeling variable, it was found that higher-level friendship labeling was associated with increased depth of communication, perceived understanding, and frequency of metacommunication. (The limitations and implications of this study are summarized, directions for future inquiry are suggested, and 16 tables of findings are included.) (CC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (63rd, Washington, D.C., December 1-4, 1977)