Maintaining Stable Friendships

An Investigation of Strategic and Routine Communication

by David A. Cichocki

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Institution: Ball State University
Advisor(s): Glen H. Stamp
Degree: Master of Arts, Dept of Speech Communication
Year: 1995
Volume: 120 pages
ISBN-10: 1581120125
ISBN-13: 9781581120127


Other investigators have surmised that different types of relationships use diverse maintenance strategies in order to keep the relationship in existence. This study examines relational maintenance strategies that people use specifically in the relationship known as friendship.

Five adult friendship couples were interviewed for maintenance strategies they use to sustain their friendship. The discussions were recorded and transcribed. The Constant Comparison method was used to compare and contrast the data in order to discover strategies unique to friendships.

Results revealed seven strategies including Openness; Approach to Conflict; Identification; Admiration; Togetherness; and Sense of Continuance. These friendship strategies are uniquely utilized, and therefore distinctive, to the relationship. This may be due to the way people are socialized in our society.