Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department / School

Communication Studies and Theatre

First Advisor

Jerry D. Jorgensen


This study examines a method of communication, verbal aggression, focusing on the perception of verbal aggression in interpersonal relationships. Using the FIRO B theory, individuals were asked to determine their levels of control, inclusion, and affection. Those results were then correlated with results on a revised version of The Verbal Aggressiveness Scale. The final step in this study was to assess the level of relational satisfaction in the relationship that was investigated. One hundred and fourteen upper level students attending a Midwestern university were used in this research project. A proposed model of interpersonal communication and its relationship to verbal aggression was also proposed in this project.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Interpersonal communication
FIRO-B (Personality test)
Communication models




South Dakota State University


Rights Statement

In Copyright