This study investigates the communication of ex- relational partners, known as post-relational dissolution communication, in college-aged dating experiences. Interviews were conducted with participants who had recently experienced break-ups and post-relational dissolution communication. Employing facework (see Brown & Levinson, 1987; Cupach & Metts, 1994; Goffman, 1959) as a lens, the research reflects the face-threatening situations of ex-relational partners. Through a qualitative analysis, the facework strategies of avoidance, politeness, apologies, negative identity management, de-escalation, and disclosure are identified in the study. Ex-relational partners apply these forms of facework in communication with one another and others following the termination of their romantic relationship. A possible supplement to the existing Knapp and Vangelisti (2000) relational stages model is also introduced, with the goal of outlining post-relational stages of communication.
Wagner, Emily C.
"Never Ever Getting Back Together?: Post-Relational Dissolution Communication,"
Proceedings of GREAT Day: Vol. 2014
, Article 8.
Available at: https://knightscholar.geneseo.edu/proceedings-of-great-day/vol2014/iss1/8