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Sex Role and Topic Management Strategies in Interpersonal Communication [microform] / Michael J. Schneider and James J. Bradac
Bib ID 5355698
Format MicroformMicroform, BookBook
Author
Schneider, Michael J
 
Description [Washington, D.C.]] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1978 
17 p. 
Summary

Thirty male and twenty female students were used to investigate the strategies of topic management. In pairs, they were told that the male (or female) would like to become friends with the female (or male), and were assigned a dialogue which created a positive or a negative context. Then the subject assigned as the initiator was given one of three continuing strategies: direct topic change, indirect topic change, or direct topic continuation. The subjects were asked to judge the effectiveness of the strategy, with the hypotheses being that a female communicator who uses an indirect topic management strategy instead of a direct one would be judged as more competent and effective and the converse would be true for the male; when the female employs indirection she will be perceived as more predictable than when she is direct and the converse would be true for the male. None of these hyptoheses were supported by the data, which showed that the situational distinction had more influence on judgments of strategies than the sex of the initiator, and that when the strategy and intention corresponded, subjects rendered a judgment of high effectiveness regardless of the nature of the situation or the sex of the initiator. (TJ)

Notes

ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Biennial International Colloquium on Verbal Communication (6th, Vienna, Austria, June 11-16, 1978); Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Behavioral Science Research.  |  Communication Research.  |  Communication (Thought Transfer)  |  Interaction Process Analysis.  |  Interpersonal Competence.  |  Sex Role.  |  Speech Communication.  |  Management Strategies
Form/genre Speeches/Meeting Papers.
Other authors/contributors Bradac, James J., author
Available From ERIC 

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