The influence of culture on the communication of romantic roles
East, Tonia N
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This study investigates what roles are expected by dating partners for themselves and their partners. In this study race, sex, and commitment level are explored in relation to what role are expected. Roles were found to vary according to the context of the relationship, within committed and casual relationships. Fourteen role categories emerged from a content analysis of the responses. The role categories included: "supporter", "friend," "nurturer," "lover," "trustee," "organizer," "listener," "communicator," "provider," "advisor," "leader," "entertainer," and "religious" roles. African American and European American participants valued companionship, love, and support in their dating relationships. Three themes emerged within the data in regard to role orientation, cultural orientation, and role adoption. Implications for future research in relational communication are also given.