Sample Research Proposal on Interpersonal Communication

Interpersonal Communication


This proposal critically analyses chapter twelve (Option 2) of the class readings, which defines interpersonal communication in marriage. The paper further outlines the interpersonal theories, concepts learned from the chapter, and a discussion on interpersonal communication.

Insights from the reading

Interpersonal communication is relevant in romantic relationships (Aitken, 15), without which many of the marriages collapse. Presently, there are so many changes that are taking place in the institution of marriage (Aitken, 17). Marriage is currently not considered to be the ideal way to romantic fulfillment. This is because many of the young people are finding fulfillment by relating in various ways through the opposite and same sex (Aitken, 16). These changes have introduced other forms of relationships, which are also competing for attention within the society; among these is the same-sex marriage arrangement. The main challenge in all these relationships is how to introduce and effectively communicate as partners (Aitken, 16). Despite the changes, marriage is still valuable in the Christian tradition; this is because partners are perceived as one/united in the arrangement.

The author defines the various forms of marriages in the present society. The institutional marriage is one that is authorized, based on the rules and stipulated laws and authority. Such marriages are also guided by the religious doctrines; the main purpose of establishing such marriages is to establish a family. However, companion marriages embrace some of the religious doctrines and commitment, and the willingness to establish such unions is mostly out of the desire of the couples. Their main aim is to successfully love and establish their union, and the personal growth of each partner is allowed to develop as the relationship flourishes.

Literature Review

According to Mace and Vera, marriages have changed from the main objectives of being institutional to the objective of companionship. An institutionalized marriage is one which is dictated by the laws and the rules of the society. Institutionalized marriages are bound with morals, public perception, rituals, traditions, and authority. In such marriages, laws stated are essential in the union and dictate the very form of communication between the couples. The community had a greater opinion in such unions than the couples themselves. In the companion marriages, there are less of the community pressures and more of the interpersonal communication. Couples in such marriages have realized the benefits of communicating with each other and are bound by love; mutual affection can be realized. These couples understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and the parties also look forward to be together every time (Mace, 54).

According to the authors, marriages have undergone great transformations to uphold the present values. Among the changes are those of the societal value system, authority, and roles of the members of the society. These people have also chosen to look for help and acknowledge their weaknesses and accept new skills and knowledge. This is the main difference in these two forms of marriages (Mace, 56).

According to Adler (270), companion marriages have been increasing in the recent past; however, there is the likelihood of these marriages collapsing. This is when the parties become too close to limit the growth of each other. Because of the limitations, conflicts are deemed to arise, leading to separation; this is what has been the leading cause of separation among the modern marriages. Since none of the parties is ready to look for help, they end up divorcing each other. Adler asserts that limitation in interpersonal communication in companion marriages keeps manifesting even in intrapersonal communication among the married individuals (Adler, 280).


In the book by Mace, the different types of marriages are clearly outlined. According to the author, companion marriage is the best as it has few conflicts. This is because the couples are ready to learn, be corrected, and willingly offer their love to each other. The authors assert that the couples cannot break up as they can always look for a solution when they face a challenge. Adler asserts that companion marriages are good; however, they show a higher probability of breaking up when the couples do not limit their closeness. This is because the couples cannot grow, and hence end up breaking the bond of these relationships as marriages are based on the individual growth of the partners.



Works Cited

Adler, Ronald. et al. Interplay: The process of Interpersonal Communication. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2012. Print.

Aitken, Patricia, and Aitken, Brian. Communication and the Christian Tradition: Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication, Part II. 2013. Pages 15-22.

Mace, David, and Vera Mace. We Can Have Better Marriages. Abingdon Press, 1982. Print.