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Interpersonal Communication students conduct research that matters

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat communication processes do women experience when deciding to reveal or conceal a miscarriage? What communication strategies do elderly couples, firefighters, and overseas missionaries use to maintain relationships when separated by distance? Earlier this year, students in Dr. Cristina Gilstrap’s Interpersonal Communication Theory course conducted research to examine these relational and societal issues.

In small teams, students conducted interviews, analyzed data, and presented their findings to community members. Students hope to revise their final papers for submission to the Central States Communication Association Undergraduate Honors Conference and publication in the Qualitative Research Reports in Communication journal.

The studies included:

Sharing with a Purpose: An Examination of the Communication Rules-Based Process of Revealing/Concealing a Miscarriage

Erin Crunkilton, Mykesha Jackson, & Liz Parsons

Not Always ‘Til Death Do Us Part: Examining Romantic Partners’ Communication Rituals When Separated By a Nursing Home

Hadeil Abdelraouf, Jacy Shaw, Kate Elam, & Taylor Curtis

Burning Love: An Examination of Relational Maintenance Behaviors Utilized in the Firefighter-Spouse Relationship

Caitlin Lauer, Ghada ElHaffar, Megan Goosey, & Emily Titus

International Intentionality: Relationship Maintenance of Christian Missionaries and Overseas Converts

Laney Gipson, Brennan Weekley, & Hannah Heinzler


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