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Stages of Relational Development
Below you will briefly describe a previous, or current, relationship for each of the stages found in Knapp’s Model of Relational Development from Chapter 8 located in the “Modules Section”. The relationship you choose could be an acquaintance, co-worker, family member, friend, or romantic partner. You may also choose a different relationship for each stage; you don’t have to use the same one for all of them.
Your responses don’t need to be lengthy. They can be a few sentences or so. An example would be: “Stage 2: Experimenting – My wife and I were in the experimenting stage years ago when we first met. I remember getting to know each other and trying to find out what common interests we had. It was exciting and a bit nerve-racking, but in the end it was a good stage for us.”
Describe an example from a relationship you have experienced for each of the stages below (again, you can find descriptions for each stage in Chapter 8 in the Modules Section):
Stage 2: Experimenting
Stage 3: Intensifying
Stage 5: Bonding
Stage 8: Stagnating
Stage 9: Avoiding
Stage 10: Terminating