Chapter_7 - Gender Differences in Communication"I don't...

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Gender Differences in Gender Differences in Communication Communication “I don’t understand a word you just said”
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INTERACTION STYLES & VERBAL COMMUNICATION
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INTERACTIONS IN CHILDHOOD Gender Differences in Children’s Play Boys v. Girls groups (here we go again…) Boys: large, hierarchical, rule-oriented More loud and boisterous Activity more outdoor play\ Games have winners and losers » Rules – basis for arguments Conversations foser dominance Conflict is overt and can lead to physical aggression
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Gender differences in children's play Girls: small, cooperative, intimate Quiet and conversational More structured activities More inside play Games involve intimacy, closeness, and turn taking Conflict in form of relational aggression These interactions persist into adulthood
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ADULT INTERACTION How does verbal language differ in adult men & women?
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CONVERSATIONAL DOMINANCE Men tend to dominate conversations Men talk more than women Talk more frequently and for a longer duration Select topic of talk More task-oriented talk Interrupt more, interrupt to control conversation Women talk to establish connection w/others Interrupt to show interest, affirm, clarify Talk to establish and maintain close relationships Talk is the essence of relationship Goal is to reach consensus
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CONVERSATION MAINTENANCE Women’s style is conversational maintenance work Efforts to sustain talk - positive social behavior & responsiveness Indicate interest by using verbal and nonverbal cues Probe for more info Often initiate topics for others How was your day Equality is important Try to achieve symmetry Often match experience – Ive done the same thing many times.
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CONVERSATION MAINTENANCE Men don’t indicate they are listening
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