This study was conducted to explicate and measure the concept of vulnerability from an interpersonal communication perspective. Frequent but varied use of the term “vulnerability” within communication studies and other related disciplines (e.g., sociology, psychology) has resulted in conceptual, and consequently, operational confusion. To ameliorate these concerns, this study presents the notion of vulnerability in interpersonal moments as a means of differentiating the emotional state of vulnerability experienced in real or anticipated interpersonal interactions from existing trait-like conceptualizations. A synthetic definition of vulnerability in interpersonal moments is proposed and tested. The results extend discussions of vulnerability in interpersonal communication research by both challenging fundamental assumptions about expected communicative outcomes of vulnerability (e.g., topic avoidance), and by situating vulnerability as an addition to presently acknowledged interpersonal emotions such as hurt and reactance.
|Advisor:||Cargile, Aaron C.|
|Commitee:||Russell, Jessica, Young, Stacy L.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 56/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Communication, Psychology, Sociology|
|Keywords:||Communication privacy management (CPM), Hurt feelings, Interpersonal communication, Topic avoidance, Vulnerability|
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