At First Sight: Persistent Relational Effects of Get-Acquainted Conversations
first impressions, interpersonal attraction, interpersonal communication, relationship development
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Previous research has demonstrated that relational partners make decisions within the first few weeks of a relationship that determine the long-term nature of the relationship. The study reported here extends that research, predicting that such decisions and influences are apparent after brief first encounters. Students in several sections of a skills-oriented communication course reported reactions to a randomly assigned classmate after a brief conversation on the first day of class and the status of their relationship during week 9 of the term. Predicted Outcome Value Theory was employed to generate hypotheses. Results strongly support the theory, with perceptions formed during initial conversations influencing relationships in week 9.
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Citation / Publisher Attribution
Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, v. 21, issue 3, p. 361-379.
Scholar Commons Citation
Sunnafrank, Michael and Ramirez, Artemio Jr., "At First Sight: Persistent Relational Effects of Get-Acquainted Conversations" (2004). Communication Faculty Publications. 345.