ERIC Number: ED188261
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Profile of High School Forensic Participants in Hawaii.
Cambra, Ronald; Klopf, Donald
Two studies were conducted to compare certain characteristics of high school students in Hawaii who take part in forensic activities with those not involved and also to compare groups of the forensic participants with each other. Three instruments were used: the Predisposition Toward Verbal Behavior Scale, the Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation--Behavior, and the Personal Report of Communication Apprehension. The studies provided tentative support for the following conclusions: first, forensic participants seemed to be more predisposed toward verbal interaction did than nonparticipants. Second, participation in forensics tended to reduce apprehension about oral communication, as those participants with one or two years of experience did not in general perceive themselves to be as anxious about talking to others as did those with no experience or those not participating in forensics. Third, female forensic participants had stronger inclusion and affection needs, while the males had a stronger need to control social interactions. These needs appeared to get stronger the longer the students took part in forensics. (MKM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Forensics; Hawaii
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Communication Association of the Pacific--Japan (Kobe, Japan, June 14-15, 1980).