Interpersonal Communication Motives: A Communibiological Perspective




Paulsel, Michelle L.

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This study examined the relationships between interpersonal communication motives (ICM) and temperament traits. Specifically, this study sought to determine if ICM were communication traits based on their correlations with the temperament traits of extroversion, neuroticism, and psychoticism. Additionally, the unique and shared variance of the temperament variables was examined for each ICM. Results indicated that extroversion was positively correlated with the interpersonal communication motives of pleasure, affection, inclusion, escape, and relaxation and was not correlated with control. Neuroticism was positively correlated with inclusion, escape, and control, negatively correlated with pleasure, and not correlated with affection and relaxation. Psychoticism was positively correlated with control, negatively correlated with pleasure, affection, inclusion, and relaxation, and not correlated with escape. Results for the research questions suggest that extroversion accounts for the most unique variance in the pleasure and relaxation motives. Neuroticism accounts for the most unique variance in the escape motive. Psychoticism accounts for the most unique variance in the interpersonal motives of affection and inclusion. Limitations of the current study and directions for future research were offered.



interpersonal communication, temperament


Paulsel, M. L. (2002). Interpersonal communication motives: A communibiological perspective (Unpublished thesis). Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.


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