M5D2: Gender and Relationship Development Module 5 We live in a world where relationships and relationship types are changing. One of the reasons that relationships are changing is that there are changing expectations about gender roles and what it means to perform a gender role in the context of a relationship. For this activity, you will view a short video from PBS in which experts discuss gender roles and their impact on relationships. As you are watching the video, keep in mind Knapp’s Stages of Relationship Development, which you read about in Chapter 10, as well as the material on gendered communication, which you read about in Chapter 12. Video: This Emotional Life Using one of your own relationships in life, explain how it illustrates Knapp’s five stages of relationship development. Did you follow the pattern exactly, or did you slip into relationship dissolution at some point? How do gender roles and expectations about how men and women should act impact relationship development? Does this differ between platonic friendships and intimate relationships? If so, how? Reply to two of your peers, discussing whether you agree or disagree with their posted viewpoints. Explain and justify your responses by referring to the concepts and vocabulary you’ve learned from reading the text and watching the lectures. Evaluation Criteria Your initial post should be at least 250 words and must substantively integrate the assigned readings from the module with proper APA style formatting. For assistance with APA style formatting, visit the Library or the Excelsior OWL. Your initial post is due by Thursday at 11:59 PM EST. Your responses are due by Sunday at 11:59 PM EST. After you have posted, read through the postings of your peers. Choose (at least) two of your peers’ posts to respond to. The posts you choose to respond to do not necessarily have to be classmates’ initial posts. Each response to a peer should be (at least) approximately 100 words in length and should contribute to the discussion in progress. All responses to classmates should be substantive. That is, they should go beyond simple agreement or disagreement with classmates’ posts. Also, be sure that your responses are respectful, substantive, and consistent with the expectations for discussion, as stated by the prompt. Be sure to monitor and respond to feedback to your major thread post throughout the module. Be sure also to reply to your classmates’ postings and that your responses are within the designated due dates for this discussion activity. Please direct any questions you may have to your instructor. See the Course Calendar for due dates for posts and responses. Consult the Discussion Posting Guide for information about writing your discussion posts. Be sure to check your work and correct any spelling or grammatical errors before you post it. When you are ready to post, click on the “Create Thread” button for a new thread or “Reply” to respond to a previous post. Then, copy/paste the text from your document into the message field, and click “Submit”. Discussions are worth 25% of your final grade and are assessed using the SLA Discussion Rubric. Review the rubric carefully so you understand how you will be graded. Rubrics can be found within the Start Here – Course Information area.

    M5D2: Gender and Relation Development

    The application of Knapp’s Five Orders of relation is conspicuous in the principal five primal orders. These embody the primal order, the tentative order, intensifying order, integrating order, and the inventionacleing (Harp, 2015). The intermission that comes in succeeding culminate into the effect of the relation following the bankruptcy of compatibility no hankerer exists among the partners. The relation I’ve familiar has blend into the secession order trodden outside requisite having to by through total the Knapp’s orders (Knapp, et al., 2014). At single sharp-end, I wholly accept a effect of my relation with my girlfriend, besides we never selected or committed to inventionacle through wedlock. At this seniority and sharp-end in vitality, arguments culminating in differences and quickly evolved into crystallization that we could no hankerer touch.

    The gender roles in-reference-to what a invention or woinvention should do in the relation has a momentous role in satisfying a hanker covenant of the partners concertedly. Restraint development, it is vulgar soundness that a invention should be byionate and engseniority a woinvention in showing passion, economy, and fellow-feeling. Also, the woinvention should gentle to her mate and determine he’s is the best of himself (Floyd, 2016). However, in the contemporary earth, the secession of gender roles leaves inventiony relations with no named role sharing. In hinge, this culminates into effect as the invention and woinvention cannot attributable fix what single should or should not attributable attributable attributable do in the relation.

    The unsensual cordiality requires that each edge delineate an similar role to determine the nurture of the relation. Both gender has an similar value of what they should do in the relation and be just to each other. There is no named role restraint any feature gender in a unsensual cordiality. What is most required is regard restraint each other and negotiate single another direct.


    Harp, J. (2015). Knapp’s Five Orders of Coming Concertedly. [Online]. Retrieved from http://jakeharp.weebly.com/blog/knapps-five-stages-of-coming-together [Accessed on 28th July 2017].

    Floyd, K. (2016). Interpersonal Communication (3rd ed.). McGraw-Hill Education. 

    Knapp, M. L., Vangelisti, A. L., & Caughlin, J. P. (2014). Interpersonal Communication and Huinvention Relations (7th ed.). Pearson.