ANOMIA AND CLOSE FRIENDSHIP COMMUNICATION NETWORKS

Authors

  • MALCOLM R. PARKS

    1. Malcolm R. Parks (Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1976) is assistant professor of Communication Studies at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 60201.
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  • This study accepted for publication April 21, 1977.

Abstract

A causal model relating aspects of interpersonal communication to anomia was tested with a sample of 58 students. While the overall model failed to fit the data, several specific hypotheses were supported. Both perceived similarity among members of close friendship networks and the level of interpersonal communication skills were negatively related to anomia. Residential mobility and anomia were positively associated. The level of communication network integration (connectedness) was not related to anomia, but the level of perceived communication effort was negatively associated with the level of network integration.

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