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First Reader

Dr. Susan Hughes

Second Reader

Mr. Dan Jarboe

Third Reader

Dr. Johnny Wink


Communication between men and women may sometimes lead to confusion, frustration, misunderstanding, disagreement, or doubt. This is not because of the incompetency of one gender compared to the other, but in fact has much to do with the way in which males and females generally communicate and the reasons for why they do so. Communication styles develop beginning in infancy and are influenced by the interactions between the child and their parents and peers. Parents are highly instrumental to early childhood development; through both verbal and nonverbal communication with their children, they shape norms, values, and beliefs that are highly influential to one’s life as an adult. Additionally, relationships with peers also serve as learning environments for communication patterns that extend into adulthood. This thesis will analyze the differences in how men and women communicate, how these differences affect the inner workings of dating and marriage relationships and will examine some of the factors that influence these differences through the lifelong process of socialization.

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