Elaborating the Communication Theory of Identity: Identity Gaps and Communication Outcomes
The Communication Theory of Identity identifies four frames of identity and their interpenetration. This article articulates identity gaps as a way to study interpenetration and selected two of the gaps, between personal and relational frames and between personal and enacted identities, for the study. A survey was administered and, as hypothesized, significant negative correlations were observed between the identity gaps and three communication outcomes. Possible causal directions were suggested by post hoc analyses. The results support the theory and suggest the utility of identity gaps as a means for understanding the role of identity in social relationships.
Hecht, M. L.
(2004). Elaborating the Communication Theory of Identity: Identity Gaps and Communication Outcomes. Communication Quarterly, 52(3), 265-283.
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