Effects of Cognitive Complexity on the Percieved Importance of Communication Skills in Friends

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Published by Sage Publications in Communication Research Volume 17, Issue 2, pages 165-182.

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Communication Research


This study assessed individual differences in the value that college students placed on communication skills exhibited by same-sex peers. Participants (N = 410) rated items tapping eight different communication skills for their importance in same-sex relationships. The skills included ego support, conflict management, comforting, referential ability, conversational skill, regulative skill, narrative ability, and persuasive skill. Interpersonal cognitive complexity was assessed through Crockett's (1965) Role Category Questionnaire.

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