Relational messages associated with nonverbal involvement, pleasantness, and expressiveness in romantic couples

Beth Le Poire, Ashley Duggan, Carolyn Shepard, Judee K Burgoon

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Previous research suggests that individual nonverbal cues and cue complexes communicate multiple relational messages simultaneously. This work examines the contention that nonverbal percepts may predict relational message interpretations in romantic relationships. Results provide support for the hypothesis that nonverbal cues indicative of greater involvement, pleasantness, and expressiveness connote messages of intimacy. Specifically, the current study reveals that perceptions of intimacy and composure are associated with greater vocalic involvement. Interpretations are provided in line with the social meanings model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-206
Number of pages12
JournalCommunication Research Reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002


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  • Communication

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