Chapter 1 – Introduction to Communication and Communication Theory in Nursing

Summary of Communication Models

See Table 1.1 for a summary of the Transmission, Interaction, and Transaction Models of communication.

 

Table 1.1: Communication Models

Models

Foci

Transmission Model

Frames communication as a thing, like an information packet, that is sent from one place to another. From this perspective, communication is defined as sending and receiving messages.

Interaction Model

Frames communication as an interaction in which a message is sent and then followed by a reaction (feedback), which is then followed by another reaction, and so on. From this perspective, communication is defined as producing conversations and interactions within physical and psychological contexts.

Transaction Model

Frames communication as integrated into social realities in such a way that it helps communicators not only to understand them, but also to create and change them.

Activity: Check Your Understanding

 

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