Assignment: Relational Stages

Assignment: Relational Stages

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Assignment: Relational Stages

Learning Module Objective:

Students will be able to illustrate communication skills in the stages of relationship development.(CCO – 10)

This activity is linked to Chapter Seven – Understanding Interpersonal Relationships.  Think of an important relationship in your life such as a friend, partner, spouse, etc.  Then use Knapp’s Model of Relationship Development and construct a model or diagram describing communication stages in that relationship. You can use word processing software to create the model or diagram or you can use drawing software. Explain the steps that were skipped, if any.  Next, apply and describe the dialectic tensions (connection vs. autonomy, openness vs. privacy, and predictability vs. novelty) in the relationship.  Last, describe a strategy that you can use or have used to manage the dialectic tension(s).


Write a 1000-1500-word essay addressing each of the following points. Be sure to completely answer all the questions for each bullet point. There should be two main sections, one for each bullet below. Separate each section in your paper with a clear heading that allows your professor to know which bullet you are addressing in that section of your paper.

Support your ideas with at least three (3) sources using citations in your essay. Make sure to cite using the APA writing style for the essay. The cover page and reference page in correct APA do not count towards the minimum word amount. Review the rubric criteria for this assignment.

Length: 1000-1500 words; answers must thoroughly address the prompts in a clear, concise manner.

Evaluation Criteria for Paper

(10%) Resources used as rationale for approaches and as sources of content

_____ 5. (20%) write paper in a scholarly manner
(4%) Format includes title page, body of paper, & reference page, with pages numbered

_____ 5. (20%) Write the Paper in a scholarly manner
(4%) Format includes title page, body of paper, & reference page, with pages numbered