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ERIC Number: ED178984
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Pages: 37
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Message Control Intensity: Rationale and Preliminary Findings.
Rogers, L. Edna; And Others
The discussions of four family-related topics by 85 married couples were recorded and analyzed to test the validity of an expanded version of the relational communication coding system developed by L. Edna Rogers and Richard V. Farace. The expanded version of the system is based on the implicit intensity continuum that underlies the communication coding scheme. The exploratory correlational analyses between message intensity and pronoun usage, transactional structures, control maneuvers, and measures of rigidity/stability supported the coding system's utility and construct validity. The intensity measures suggested a homeostatic nature of conversations among persons in long-term relationships. The conversations appeared to revolve around some intensity "set point" in consistent ways. The intensity measures also helped to further describe and differentiate married couples in terms of dominance patterns and the differential uses of control maneuvers. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (65th, San Antonio, TX, November 10-13, 1979)