Framed by facework theory (Goffman, 1967; Cupach & Metts, 1994), the present study sought to identify the communication processes that emerging adults perceive as face-threatening, as well as understand strategies used to maintain face within the context of a relational termination experience. A data set consisting of six interview transcripts showcased three communication practices that are perceived as face-threatening: a desire for autonomy, differing expectations, and perceived disrespect. Furthermore, three communicative facework strategies were identified: communication regulation, interpersonal management, and selective disclosure. Implications of the findings are discussed and suggestions for future research are provided.
Doherty, Erica and Stern, Daniel
"Communicative Processes within Relational Termination and its Effects on Face: An Application of Facework Theory,"
Proceedings of GREAT Day: Vol. 2017, Article 4.
Available at: https://knightscholar.geneseo.edu/proceedings-of-great-day/vol2017/iss1/4