ERIC Number: ED410617
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
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An Inductive Analysis of Verbal Immediacy: Alternative Conceptualization of Relational Verbal Approach/Avoidance Strategies.
Mottet, Timothy P.; Richmond, Virginia P.
Two studies investigated inductively the verbal immediacy construct in the interpersonal context. Specifically, the studies explored whether or not verbal immediacy is an autonomous and distinct linguistic verbal code that people use to approach and avoid relationship formation, or part of a much larger repertoire of verbal relational strategies that are situated in everyday conversation. Subjects in the first study were 355 students in communication studies courses at a Mid-Atlantic university. Data collected were folded into a survey instrument containing 19 verbal approach/avoidance categories and administered to another 448 students in communication studies courses at the same university. Much of what was yielded were verbal strategies rather than a verbally immediate linguistic code people employ to approach or avoid relationship formation. An explanation is presented as to why these verbal approach and avoidance strategies do not constitute verbal immediacy but instead consititute a measure of relational approach and avoidance. Frequency of approach and avoidance use, correlational analysis, and recommendations for the measures are offered. (Contains 22 references, 3 tables, and 2 figures of data.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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