Master of Urban Affairs in Communication Studies
First Committee Member
Erin Sahlstein, Chair
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Graduate Faculty Representative
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According to the imagined interaction theory (IIT), IIs are the cognitive processes where individuals indirectly experience past or future interactions through the process of imagination (Honeycutt, 2003). Retroactive IIs occur after a conversation takes place, whereas proactive IIs occur when individuals imagine a conversation before the interaction (Honeycutt, 2010). The current study examined individuals‟ imagined interactions (IIs) regarding conversations about politics with family members. Participants completed an online survey where they recorded retroactive and proactive IIs, and completed a set of measures regarding their family and political affiliation. Both proactive and retroactive IIs fell into eleven categories for content. Proactive and retroactive IIs fell into nine categories for form. Results indicate that IIs helped participants relieve tension and anxiety about political conversations. This study suggests that individual‟s II consists of many diverse emotions, regardless of family type when imagining a political conversation with a family member. Also, individuals in consensual families found relational maintenance, conflict management, rehearsal, self-understanding, and compensation the most useful II functions during IIs of political conversations with a family member.
Families; Imagination; Imaginary conversations; Interpersonal relationships; Politics; Practical
Communication | Interpersonal and Small Group Communication
Lambertz, Megan, "Imagined interactions as a link to political talk" (2011). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 989.