A Communication-Based Perspective on Attitude Similarity and Interpersonal Attraction in Early Acquaintance

Michael Sunnafrank

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Abstract

This study examines past conflicting evidence on the relationship of attitude similarity and interpersonal attraction in early acquaintance. The results suggest that the conflict in the findings is due to differences in the communicative environments used in research. In the present study, attitude similarity and interpersonal attraction were positively related only in highly atypical communicative relationships. These results are interpreted as generally supporting a goal-oriented perspective on the similarity-attraction association over traditional social validation and balance perspectives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)372-380
Number of pages9
JournalCommunication Monographs
Volume51
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 1984

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