Presentation on theme: "Knapp’s Staircase Model"— Presentation transcript:
1 Knapp’s Staircase Model Stages of Relational Development
2 Knapp’s Staircase Model Coming Together InitiatingUncertainty reduction through ____________Superficial & reciprocated immediatelyPartners stress & explore commonalitiesExperimentingEstablish ______________through info exchange; reciprocity still immediateIncrease ____________ of involvementIntensifyingShared conception of relationship; Begin to reference ________________Informal forms of address used frequently; Linguistic markers of intimacyRelational symbols exploredIntegratingCouple views R. as single social unit (rather than 2 indiv’s) & as uniqueRelationship symbols firmly establishedBondingRelationship asOften confirmed through
3 Knapp’s Staircase Model Coming Apart Differentiating1st stage of breaking upR. goes from _________ to _________Fewer activities done together, time alone enjoyed moreCircumscribingBoth parties try to limit amount of ___________w/ each otherMay say things like, “Don’t talk to me about that,” or “It’s none of your business.”This serves as another way to keep space b/w each other.StagnatingTime when things become stuck, parties feel in a “rut”; Way of being motionlessPartners interact in an everyday conversation that becomes repetitiveAvoidingCouple becomes less and less involvedThey try to prevent ways to talk; It’s a way to keep distance at a controllable rateOnly connection w/ each other occurs _______________________TerminatingEnd it all completelyCan be divorce, mutual agreement, death, or just ending it
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