ERIC Number: ED240631
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Teaching Implications: Components of a Unit on Interpersonal Communication and Aging.
One possible unit on interpersonal communication and aging consists of five components: interpersonal attraction, talk with friends and neighbors, marital communication, family communication, and personal communication with service providers. The component on interpersonal attraction explains the complex relationship of age to attraction, while the component on talk with friends and neighbors shows that the elderly live in a social world very similar to the college student--both see friends and neighbors come and go and must replace friends to avoid isolation. The component on marital communication presents a realistic picture of romantic communication through the life cycle, acquaints students with theory relevant to marital communication, and reviews extant research on communication between older partners. The component on family communication and aging presents communication theory relevant to family interactions that include older members and reviews research on communication within the older family. Finally, the component on personal communication with service providers addresses two issues: (1) to what extent do social programs for the elderly facilitate meaningful social interaction? and (2) how can practitioners and clients communicate so that the goals of each will be accomplished with minimal discomfort? (Appendixes provide bibliographies for each component.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (69th, Washington, DC, November 10-13, 1983).