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Highlights from Communication Reports

Tuesday, January 22, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Christina Yoshimura
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The first issue of Communication Reports (volume 32) is now available online.


Aloia and Strutzenberg’s study, entitled “Parent-child communication apprehension: The role of parental alienation and self-esteem” surveyed 211 college students to explore how parental alienation (i.e., a “process of psychological manipulation of a child by a parent intended to exclude, isolate, and ostracize the other parent” Warshak, 2001) in childhood influenced communication apprehension when communicating with caregivers as adults and whether self-esteem might buffer the effects of parental alienation. They found that the interaction between self-esteem and recalled parental alienation was associated with communication apprehension, but the sex of the caregivers mattered. Communicative parental alienation from female caregivers was associated with communication apprehension with male caregivers while communicative parental alienation from male caregivers was associated with communication apprehension with a female caregiver. Their breakdown of the statistical interactions suggests a strong, positive view of self may increase resiliency to the experience of parental alienation.


Internalized homophobia is a stigma unique to LGB individuals and has adverse relational outcomes. Li and Samp’s study “Internalized homophobia, language use, and relationship quality in same-sex romantic relationshipsexplores whether couple’s language features (clout, authenticity, and emotional tone) accounted for how internalized homophobia affects same-sex relationship quality. Recruited through Amazon Mechanical Turk, 166 gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals in same-sex relationships responded to several closed-ended questions and also described how they and their romantic partners revealed their relationships to third parties, which were analyzed using the Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count program. Clout and emotional tone mediated the relationship between internalized homophobia and relationship satisfaction, and authenticity mediated the association between internalized homophobia and relationship length. Results emphasize the importance of couple communication and suggest effective communication skills may be essential for LGB couples’ resiliency to minority stress.


Henningsen, Balde, Entzminger, Dick, and Wilcher’s study, “Student disclosures about academic information: Student privacy rules and boundaries,” builds on existing knowledge of students’ motivations for sharing academic private information by examining what Communication Privacy Management theory refers to as privacy rule foundations. Their inductive analysis of 168 students’ open-ended survey responses revealed nine privacy rules students used for managing their academic private information. Regression analyses showed that privacy rules about grades, absences, never sharing private information with faculty members, and personal reasons were related to decreased private information-sharing with faculty members. The context of information sharing (e.g., email, office hours) was unrelated to how much academic private information students shared with their instructors. Their results show that college students’ privacy rule foundations reflect some motivations students have for disclosing to faculty, but motivations are not sine qua non of students’ privacy rules.



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