ERIC Number: ED361758
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
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Exploring the Impact of Communication Teaching on the Role of the Spouse.
Fuss-Reineck, Marilyn; Winegarden, Alan D.
A study examined the impact of teaching communication on the marital roles of communication teachers and their spouses. Subjects, two male and two female communication professionals and their spouses, tape recorded their responses to eight discussion questions in a comfortable conversational format. Four themes emerged from the transcripts of the discussion: (1) possession of cognitive knowledge does not guarantee application; (2) the most positive applications seemed to be those in which the communication professional reached integration of the skill; (3) spouses expect effective communication from communication professionals; and (4) communication professionals and their spouses engaged in metacommunication frequently. Findings suggest that the ability to communicate about a couple's communication appears to be an important skill for facilitating constructive conflict in the marital relationship. Appropriate, contextual, and timely metacommunication should be added to the dimensions of marital communication competence. (Nineteen references, the discussion questions, and a form for listing demographic information are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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