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NVCC Communication Theory Video Series: Uncerainty Reduction Theory

Professor Jim Slakie from Northern Virginia Community College describes aspects of URT with specical reference to the use of passive, active and interactive strategies that communicators employ.

Answers.com - Uncertainty Reduction Theory

Answers.com outlines the axioms and theorems of URT along with an explanation of how it can be applied to relational development.

Uncertainty Reduction Theory - University of Twente

This page provides a valuable overview of the key concepts about Uncertainty Reduction Theory, drawing on Heath and Bryant's depiction for three stages of relational development - entry phase, personal phase, and exiting.

A Test of Anxiety/Uncertainty Management Theory: The Intercultural Adaptation Context.
Mitchell R. Hammer; Richard L. Wiseman; J. Lewis Rasmussen; Jon C. Bruschke. Communication Quarterly, Summer 1998 v46 i3 p309(1).

Anxiety/Uncertainty Management theory, as formulated by Gudykunst and Hammer (1987a), proposes that intercultural adaptation outcomes are based on the two mediating dimensions of uncertainty reduction and anxiety reduction and sixteen secondary variables that systematically influence uncertainty and anxiety reduction. InfoTrac.

Marital uncertainty and childbearing. Scott M. Myers. Social Forces, June 1997 v75 n4 p1271(19).

This study, guided by the Uncertainty Reduction Theory of Parenthood (Friedman, Hechter & Kanazawa 1994), examines how marital solidarity and uncertainty affect the odds of having a child. The analyses do not support the idea that couples who lack marital solidarity and are unhappy with their marriages use childbearing as a strategy to increase solidarity and, in turn, reduce marital uncertainty. Instead, the dominant pattern is that a solid marriage and comparability between spouses encourage parenthood and higher-order childbearing. The results are also discussed in terms of economic and normative theories of fertility. InfoTrac.

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