Ch 7: Relationship Theory in Interpersonal Communication

About This Chapter

Follow along with video lessons about key relationship theories in interpersonal communication. Use the quizzes that follow as self-assessments to test your understanding of this chapter.

Relationship Theory in Interpersonal Communication - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Within interpersonal communication, there are a few well-known theories that describe how people in relationships interact with one another. The short and quick video lessons in this chapter will introduce these theories and explain how they were developed. In addition, these lessons will describe the common behavioral patterns that embody relationship theories. Lesson transcripts can help you define key terms used in the lessons, and instructors are available to answer any questions you have about relationship theories. Upon completion of this chapter, you should be able to identify:

  • The stages of DeVito's model of relationship development
  • Interpersonal relationships and examples
  • Relationship theories dealing with love and physical attraction
  • The stages of Knapp's model of interaction

VideoObjective
DeVito's Six-Stage Model of Relationship Development Discover how relationships evolve from contact to dissolution through DeVito's six-stage model.
Knapp's Model of Interaction Stages Take a look at Knapp's model of stages of interactions throughout relationships.
Attraction Theory: Definition, Measurements & Effects Learn about how the attraction theory affects different relationships.
Physical Traits and Attraction: Symmetry, Rations & the 'Babyface' Phenomenon Explore the ways in which the elements of physical attraction affect relationships.
Relationship Rules Theory Examine the theory of relationship rules.
Interpersonal Relationships: Definition, Theories & Quiz Study interpersonal relationships and the accompanying theories.
Social Penetration Theory: Definition & Examples Explore the theory of social penetration and discover examples.
Social Exchange Theory in Relationships: Definition, Examples & Predictions Discover the social exchange theory and take a look at examples.
The Equity Theory of Love: Definition, Examples & Predictions Examine the equity theory of love and learn how to make predictions based upon it.

7 Lessons in Chapter 7: Relationship Theory in Interpersonal Communication
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
DeVito's Six-Stage Model of Relationship Development

1. DeVito's Six-Stage Model of Relationship Development

Different relationships have different stages, according to DeVito's Six-Stage Model of Relationship Development. We take a look at those stages here.

Knapp's Model of Interaction Stages

2. Knapp's Model of Interaction Stages

All relationships have a similar framework in how they develop and end. Professor Mark Knapp studied this pattern and outlined ten stages that explain it.

Attraction Theory: Definition, Measurements & Effects

3. Attraction Theory: Definition, Measurements & Effects

Why do people like each other? What accounts for the differences in what people find attractive? In this lesson, we'll examine attraction theory, including the types of attraction, elements of attraction, and how to measure attraction.

Physical Traits and Attraction: Symmetry, Ratios & the ''Babyface'' Phenomenon

4. Physical Traits and Attraction: Symmetry, Ratios & the ''Babyface'' Phenomenon

Physical traits are more important to attraction than many of us would care to admit. In this lesson, we discuss cross-cultural similarities in traits considered physically attractive, including symmetry, waist-to-hip and waist-to-shoulder ratios, and the 'baby face' phenomenon.

Interpersonal Relationships: Definition & Theories

5. Interpersonal Relationships: Definition & Theories

To be human is to be involved in interpersonal relationships. In this lesson, we will define interpersonal relationships and discuss the various theories that explain how we create and maintain them.

Social Penetration Theory: Definition & Examples

6. Social Penetration Theory: Definition & Examples

Getting to really know someone is often tricky business. According to the social penetration theory, people are like onions that need to be peeled in stages. This lesson discusses these stages as they pertain to interpersonal communication.

Relationship Rules Theory

7. Relationship Rules Theory

Whether a friendship or a romance, relationships take work and the adherence to some regulations of sorts. This lesson gives us tips on how to have healthy connections by explaining the guidelines set forth by the relationship rules theory.

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