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ERIC Number: ED304944
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 17
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Interpersonal Communication and Peer Selection of Afro-Americans.
Jackson, Faith L.
A study investigated the role of specific functional communication skills in the choice of peers within a small social network in a single population: older Afro-American women. Subjects were nine women aged 55-79 attending a senior citizens' center. A questionnaire was used by subjects to rate the importance they attach to 26 specific expressive and receptive communication skills. A sociogram was designed to allow recording of the subjects' choice of partners for social activities including eating meals, taking walks, watching television, playing cards, talking seriously, playing games, talking casually, shopping, sharing a room, and taking a trip. Results showed no statistically significant relationships between self-reported value on communication skills and the frequency with which a partner was chosen for social activities, but some consistency was found in how subjects chose partners. Two individuals ranking themselves highest in the importance of communication skills, and making little distinction between expressive and receptive skills, were consistently selected by peers for interpersonal interaction. Subjects reporting the greatest discrepancy in importance between expressive and receptive skills were the least often chosen for interaction. It is concluded that subjects with the highest self-esteem, as indicated by their questionnaire responses, may be seen similarly by their peers. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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