A multiple goals theory of personal relationships: Conceptual integration and program overview

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Abstract

Despite being the dominant perspective for understanding how messages are produced in interpersonal communication, multiple goals theories of communication have not been prominent in relationship scholarship. In this article, I argue that multiple goals theories can be adapted to provide important insights into communication and relational outcomes (e.g., satisfaction). To illustrate the utility of this perspective, I summarize three sets of studies from my research program and conclude that a multiple goals perspective can enrich both relationship and message production scholarship. In particular, a multiple goals perspective provides a counterpoint to some overly simplistic conceptualizations of relational interaction and highlights important research questions that are rarely addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)824-848
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Volume27
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 24 2010

Keywords

  • avoidance
  • communication
  • goals
  • message production
  • relational satisfaction
  • relationships

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Communication
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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