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Communication COM 313

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Interpersonal Communication in Close Relationships
Dr. Kelly McAninch
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Colleen McCurry on Saturday January 30, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to COM 313 at University of Kentucky taught by Dr. Kelly McAninch in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 72 views. For similar materials see Interpersonal Communication in Close Relationships in Communication at University of Kentucky.


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Date Created: 01/30/16
Methods in Communication Research COM 313  Where do you begin?  o Start with a guiding question and then your method  choice will stem from the type of question you are  asking.   The 2 types of Guiding Questions  o Quantitative­ these questions are searching for  numbers. They make observations in the social world  and turn them into numbers. o Qualitative­ these questions are searching for in depth  descriptions and detailed knowledge behind something  in words. They want to offer greater knowledge and  understanding behind something.   Research Questions vs. Hypothesis o RQs – in this class they will be questions about  relationships between phenomena.  o Hypothesis­ your expectation of an event based on the  relationship between phenomena. These will always be  statements.   Negatively and Positively Related…  o Positive Association is when an increase in one variable becomes associated with the increase in the other  variable.   Such as in this example hypothesis stating: the  closer you are with someone the more conflict  you will have.  o Negative Association is when a decrease in one variable becomes associated with an increase in the other  variable.   Such as in this example hypothesis stating: the  more conflict you have, the les satisfied you will  be.   What’s next now?  o ALWAYS HAVE A PLAN ON HOW TO GET DATA FOR YOUR RESEARCH QUESTION OR  HYPOTHESIS!!!  Types of Research Methods:  o Self Report Surveys­ this is when you report from  individuals about their own behaviors.   Closed Ended Questions – “How often do you and your partner go out on dates?”   Open Ended Questions – “What do you  specifically do to try and resolve conflict?”  o In depth Interviews­ when you ask a person to describe  in great detail their experiences with something.  o Experiment o Observational Study­ when you are directly watching  peoples behaviors.   So what is a good research question?  o A good research question has to be interesting,  important researchable and ethical.  


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