ERIC Number: ED196075
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Interpersonal Perceptions and Relationship--Types.
Prisbell, Marshall; Dallinger, Judith
A study examined the relationship of interpersonal perceptual variables to communication contexts, specifically relationship types. The variables examined were (1) interpersonal solidarity, (2) perceived homophily, (3) uncertainty reduction, (4) feeling good, (5) interpersonal attraction, (6) relational safety, and (7) self-disclosure. The communication context relationship types were intimate, friendship, casual acquaintance, and business/professional. A sample composed of 75 teachers, 61 college students, 18 child development specialists, and 8 members of a service club completed instruments assessing each of the perceptual variables with a specific target person in mind. The findings showed that, in general, use of the contextual variable in communication situations was helpful in providing a more complete understanding of the perceptual variables that operate between communication participants. More specifically, they indicated that knowledge of the nature of the communication context in terms of specific relationship types explained a significant proportion of the variance present within several perceptual variables. (Copies of the assessment instruments are appended.) (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (66th, New York, NY, November 13-16, 1980).