ERIC Number: ED199778
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Comment-Provoking Potential of T-Shirts: A Nonverbal Dimension of Communication Apprehension.
Spicer, Christopher H.
A study was conducted to assess the relationship between printed t-shirts and communication apprehension. In the first phase of the study, self-reports were used to categorize 206 college students as either high or low in communication apprehension. The second phase of the study consisted of others' evaluations of t-shirts worn by selected subjects from the first phase (22 ranked high and 22 ranked low in communication apprehension). Results indicated that the perceived uniqueness of a t-shirt is positively correlated with its comment provoking potential. Additionally, the results supported the hypotheses that those people identified as high in communication apprehension have fewer comment provoking t-shirts and wear them less often than do people low in communication apprehension. The findings indicated that the comment provoking potential of any clothing item may be an important underlying nonverbal dimension of the interaction of clothing consciousness and clothing choice. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: T Shirts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communiation Association (February 14-17, 1981).