Learning Objectives

  1. Discuss the functions and needs relationships serve
  2. Identify characteristics distinguishing one relationship from another
  3. Describe factors influencing interpersonal attraction
  4. Explain the relationship spectrum using Rawlins’s friendship model, Sternberg’s triangle of love, and Knapp and Vangelisti’s relationship model to distinguish among acquaintanceships, friendships, and romantic relationships
  5. Identify how culture, gender, and media and technology impact the nature of our relationships
  6. Apply specific techniques to facilitate mastery of relationship dynamics