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ERIC Number: ED185622
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship between Communication Apprehension and Assertiveness.
Pearson, Judy C.
A study involving 215 college students was undertaken to determine the relationship between assertiveness and communication apprehension by factor analyzing the items on the Rathus Assertiveness Schedule (RAS) and on the Personal Report of Communication Apprehension (PRCA). Six factors emerged from the analysis: apprehensive about speaking, apprehensive about interpersonal communication, preventing others from taking advantage, being candid, being contentious, and making complaints in restaurants. Of the six factors, the first came exclusively from the PRCA, the second from both instruments, and the remaining four exclusively from the RAS. The linkage between assertiveness and apprehension about communication, as measured by these two instruments, appears to be apprehension about interpersonal communication. The findings generally confirm the previously established factor structure of the RAS; however, they challenge the unidimensionality of the PRCA. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association (Ocean City, MD, April 24-26, 1980).