Highlighting SCOM Student Projects
Students in Dr. Jennifer Rosier's SCOM 413 course, Communication in Romantic Relationships, created shorts that focused on the topic of relationships, Fall 2013. Here's a sample of her students' work.
Happily Ever After: It's Not a Fairytale; It's a Choice
SUMMARY: The divorce rate for first marriages is approximately 40-45% in the United States (Baucom, Hahlweg, Atkins, Engl, & Thurmaier, 2006). While this is an alarming statistic, the general population does not realize that there are, in fact, effective ways to avoid divorce. This documentary explores the characteristics of long-term, happy marriages. Interviewees include couples who are dating; have been married for 35+ years; or relationship experts, such as author Laurie Puhn, whose book The Fight Less, Love More focuses on the topic. FILM LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGJ72QM6Utk
It's the Little Things: Making Sense of What Couples Can't Seem to Agree on
SUMMARY: This insightful documentary explores the inner workings of marriage to discover what kinds of issues couples face on a regular basis, including conflict. Conflict is important in relationships because, if handled correctly, conflict and subsequent conflict resolution can actually deter divorce (Duffield, 2013). Disagreement is inevitable, but prepared couples who have clear expectations of their unions can have fulfilling marriages that go the distance. FILM LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFX_y1A_vVw
Is Facebook to Blame? Exploring the Effects of Social Media on Romantic Relationships
SUMMARY: Over 60% of undergraduate college students say they have used Facebook to keep tabs on others, including their romantic partners (Stern & Willis, 2007). Social media play a huge role in the interactions of college students and make it easy to monitor the behaviors of a subject of interest. This documentary explores the various ways social media usage can positively and negatively affect romantic relationships. Factors that affect relationships and are explored in this film. FILM LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLQjVavV4so
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