Attitude similarity and interpersonal attraction during early communicative relationships: A research note on the generalizability of findings to opposite-sex relationships

Michael Sunnafrank

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Abstract

Past research examining the combined influence of normal initial conversations and attitude similarity on interpersonal attraction has been limited to same-sex acquaintances. This research note reports on a study which tests (a) the generalizability of these findings to opposite-sex early acquaintance and (b) the sex combination scope condition of the interpersonal goals perspective. The findings indicate that normal initial conversations between opposite-sex partners overcome the positive preacquaintance similarity- attraction association by increasing attraction toward attitudinally dissimilar partners. These findings replicate the outcomes of earlier research on same-sex partners. The findings are interpreted as strengthening and broadening support for the interpersonal goals perspective on attraction in communicative relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-80
Number of pages8
JournalWestern Journal of Speech Communication
Volume49
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1985

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