Ch 8: Communication in Relationships

About This Chapter

Watch the short and engaging video lessons in this chapter to learn about communication in various stages and types of relationships. You can take lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to gauge how well you understand these concepts.

Communication in Relationships - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Communication is vital when developing and maintaining any of successful relationship. Without clear and effective communication, individuals can easily become disengaged and relationships can dissolve. This chapter takes a closer look at communication in relationships by examining successful relationships, relationship maintenance and the deterioration of relationships from a communication standpoint.

Lesson quizzes are available to test your comprehension of these concepts. Instructors are also available to answer any questions you may have about this chapter. After watching these video lessons, you should be able to identify:

  • Communication used as relationships develop
  • Functions of relationship maintenance
  • Patterns of communication in deteriorating relationships
  • The detachment process when relationships end
  • Interpersonal and intrapersonal communication during relationship repair

Video Objective
Successful Relationships: Characteristics, Development & Maintenance Examine the characteristics, development and maintenance of successful relationships.
Communication During the Development Stage of a Relationship Analyze how communication occurs and changes in the development stage of a relationship.
Relationship Maintenance: Functions, Strategies & Purpose Discover the functions, strategies and reasons for maintaining relationships.
Ending Relationships, Disengagement Strategies & the Detachment Process Study the disengagement strategies and detachment process when ending relationships.
Communication in Deteriorating Relationships: Causes, Effects & Patterns Learn how communication changes in the deteriorating stage of a relationship. Examine causes of break-ups and communication patterns in this stage.
Communication During Relationship Repair Take a closer look at how communication occurs and changes in the repair stage of a relationship.
Communication During Relationship Dissolution: Models, Causes, Effects & Communication Patterns Evaluate communication during the dissolution stage of a relationship and learn how to deal with a breakup.

7 Lessons in Chapter 8: Communication in Relationships
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Successful Relationships: Characteristics, Development & Maintenance

1. Successful Relationships: Characteristics, Development & Maintenance

Be it work, friends, or family, making a relationship work is hard. Creating a solid relationship isn't much easier. This lesson will point out the characteristics of solid relationships and some advice for developing and maintaining them.

Communication During the Development Stage of a Relationship

2. Communication During the Development Stage of a Relationship

The developing stages of a relationship can be rather precarious. In order to help us out, this lesson explains the relationship escalation model. It also highlights some communication guidelines for each stage.

Relationship Maintenance: Functions, Strategies & Purpose

3. Relationship Maintenance: Functions, Strategies & Purpose

In this lesson, explore the ways communication is used to maintain a relationship and discover how this changes for different relationships. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Ending Relationships, Disengagement Strategies & the Detachment Process

4. Ending Relationships, Disengagement Strategies & the Detachment Process

Unfortunately, the fact that romantic relationships end is just a part of life. In this lesson, we discuss some of the most common disengagement strategies that social psychologists have identified. We also discuss the detachment process that we all experience as part of a break-up.

Communication in Deteriorating Relationships: Causes, Effects & Patterns

5. Communication in Deteriorating Relationships: Causes, Effects & Patterns

Not all relationships lead to happily-ever-after. Explore the ways in which communication can cause relationships to fall apart and help put deteriorating relationships back together in this lesson.

Communication During Relationship Repair

6. Communication During Relationship Repair

How we communicate defines the success or failure of our relationships. In this lesson, explore the stage of relationship repair and test your understanding of good communication with a brief quiz.

Communication During Relationship Dissolution: Models, Causes, Effects & Communication Patterns

7. Communication During Relationship Dissolution: Models, Causes, Effects & Communication Patterns

In this lesson, you will explore several aspects of communication as they pertain to breaking up a romantic relationship. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Chapter Practice Exam
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