Relationship Maintenance / Chapter 9. Communication Pathways: Answering 3 Questions ( each Question should be written as a complete paragraph (5-7 sentences in length)

I’m studying for my Communications class and need an explanation.

The textbook we use in this class: Communication Pathways By: Joseph M. Valenzano III, Melissa A. Broeckelman-Post, Erin S. Parcel

Relationship Maintenance / Chapter 9

Instructions: After reading the textbook chapter, answer the prompts below. To receive full credit, each response should be written as a complete paragraph (5-7 sentences in length) and incorporate key concepts and vocabulary from the textbook. Save the file to your computer, and then upload a copy to Canvas to submit your responses. Be prepared to share some of your thoughts during our class discussion.

  1. Think about a fictional character (in a book, movie, or TV show) who stayed in a romantic relationship, even though it was not a good relationship for them. Briefly explain the scenario and then use social exchange theory to analyze why that person might have stayed in the relationship.
  2. Describe a time that you disclosed private information with another person. Use Communication Privacy Management Theory to explain how you shared this information, how the boundaries were negotiated, and whether boundary turbulence occurred.
  3. Explain a situation in which you and a relationship partner (romantic partner or friend) experienced a dialectical tension in your relationship. What was the situation, and what characteristics made it that particular type of dialectical tension? What strategy did you use to manage that dialectical tension?


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