Title

At First Sight: Persistent Relational Effects of Get-Acquainted Conversations

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-2004

Keywords

first impressions, interpersonal attraction, interpersonal communication, relationship development

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

https://doi.org/10.1177/0265407504042837

Abstract

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.

Was this content written or created while at USF?

No

Citation / Publisher Attribution

Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, v. 21, issue 3, p. 361-379.

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