lit review, practice, gender and comm, Fall 04

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The Communication Gender Barrier The Communication Gender Barrier: Difficulties Conveying Messages Between the Sexes Abstract Communication is highly valued in our society.  It is linked to all relational  successes and failures.  Are the problems that we have with those of the opposite sex  directly linked to our gender?  Is it the way that we are raised as children that we learn  how to communicate following gender lines or is it in our genetic make-up as males  and females?  A problem that has not been specifically addressed in previous research  is, In romantic relationships do women and men convey their thoughts to their  romantic partner effectively?  In other words do we know what our spouse or lover  means with his or her verbal and nonverbal communication.  2
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The Communication Gender Barrier Men speak an average of 2,000 to 4,000 words a day, while women speak 6,000  to 8,000 words a day according to Linda Stinson a research psychologist in the Office  of Survey Methods and Research, Bureau of Labor Statistics.  As Deborah Tannen  states in You Just Don’t Understand , “Each person’s life is lived as a series of  conversations.”  The people that we converse with the most are those that we live with  and the person we live with the longest and in the most intimate way are our spouses.  Being able to communicate effectively with that person is integral to happiness in our  lives.  The problem that lies in that are the gender differences that prevents us from  doing so successfully. There are an array of studies that have examined communication between  women and men as well as how each is able to comprehend the opposite gender.  Many aspects of the difference in male/female verbal communication have been  studied.  Martin noted that the complexity of thought directed towards a relationship  directly relates to communication behavior (467-480).  This can be interpreted as  meaning that depending on how much effort is put into the communication process is  linked to how the person behaves in actually communicating with other people.  Vangelisti found that women’s cognition’s are more relationship-centered than of their  3
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The Communication Gender Barrier male partners therefore, women are more likely to be continually thinking of the  health and well being of their relationships.   Burnett concluded that women have, “an increased tendency to analyze and think about relational issues,” meaning that it would not be  unforeseen if women had more relationship oriented thoughts during communication  than men did.  Burnett also stated that,  “if women are more focused on relationship issues than
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