An Examination of Individually Performed and (Co)Managed Facework: Unique Communication within the Work-Spouse Relationship

M. Chad McBride, Allison R. Thorson, Karla Mason Bergen

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Abstract

While more researchers have begun to study the work-spouse relationship and made claims that it is unique, scholars have yet to specifically examine how, if at all, communication in the work-spouse relationship is different from that with other coworkers. Facework was used as a theoretical lens to analyze data from 41 in-depth interviews with work spouses. Findings highlight how participants presented themselves in unique ways within the work-spouse relationship, how work spouses (co)managed positive and negative face needs within the relationship, and the distinctive communication that serves as the basis for these work-spouse relationships. Finally, this relational context provides evidence for the complexity of Facework Theory in close, ongoing relationships, particularly in the blurring of preventive and corrective facework.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCommunication Studies
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StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020

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  • Communication

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