WORTH 100 POINTS
4-6 pages – Due May 5, 2022
No matter what type of relationship we are in—whether in terms of friendship, romance, or family members, all relationships are in the process of either developing or dying. This paper requires you to analyze an interpersonal relationship that you have or had using communication concepts/theories and principles from the text and lectures (as well as incorporating the social context of generation and culture).
The purpose of this assignment is to familiarize and demonstrate your understanding of the course objectives for this class. You are to analyze interpersonal communication principles and concepts in the development, maintenance, and possibly, the deterioration of a long term significant relationship. The relationship you choose to write about can be one that you are currently engaged in, or one that has already ended. It should, however, be a fairly recent one, not a relationship that ended more than five years. It can be a friendship, personal relationship or a romantic relationship. You don’t need to disclose any information you are not comfortable with disclosing.
Note: You can choose a relationship with anyone EXCEPT your parents, grandparents, siblings or children.
This paper involves more than just simply summarizing the development of a relationship. While you will want to offer some description of the relationship; the main emphasis should be on how it has developed in communication between the two of you. You should organize your paper into the following three parts:
1. Introduction: Describe the relationship. Who are the participants? What is the history of the relationship? What is the current status of the relationship? This information should be relatively brief. Next, preview the body of the paper by indicating the terms/concepts you will use to analyze the relationship.
2. Body: In this section of the paper you will analyze the relationship using interpersonal communication concepts, terms, topics, etc. This is by far the longest section of the paper.
First organize the body of the paper around the stages of friendship or romantic relationship development. These stages can provide an excellent outline for the paper. The key here is to talk about how the relationship stages (listed in Chapter 9) are created in COMMUNICATION. How did communication in your relationship change to move the relationship to
another stage, and how did communication define a certain stage? Be sure to provide examples of the behavior that took place in those stages.
In addition to discussing your relationship as it moved through the relationship stages, select at least three interpersonal communication concepts/terms in this course and apply them to your relationship. You may discuss these concepts/terms and how they related to the communication within relationship stages, or you may want to discuss them apart from the stages in terms of how they have played out in your relationship. Be sure to place these concepts/terms in BOLD.
Some concepts you should consider using are the following: nonverbal communication, intrinsic rewards , relational messages, perception, listening, self-fulfilling prophecies, fallacies, social roles, gender communication, influence of culture, self-concept, self-esteem, self-disclosure, relational dialectics, confirming/disconfirming messages, emotions, culture, language barriers, and conflict.
3. Conclusion: This section includes a brief summary of the body of the paper. End the paper with some reflections on your relationship, and what you learned as a result of writing this paper. Be sure to also state the relationship stage that your relationship is in currently, and if you want the relationship to continue.
4. Reference Page – Everyone should have a reference page. Be sure to cite all your references, including the course text, using APA style references.
Adler, R. B. & Proctor, R. F., II. (2017). Looking out looking in, fifteen edition.
Boston, MA: Cengage Learning
Your relationship paper should be typed double-spaced, using the Times New Roman font, size 12. Be sure to indent each paragraph and to number your pages. Don’t forget to include your name, course, date and assignment title:
COM 1090 – Interpersonal Communication
May 5, 2022