ERIC Number: ED203419
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Homophily, Attraction, and Self-Esteem as Predictors of Situational Communication Apprehension in the Acquaintance Context.
Snavely, William B.; Phelps, Lynn A.
A study was conducted to replicate (with improvements) some early research that attempted to identify significant predictors of communication apprehension. It was hypothesized that the dimensions of homophily, attraction, and situational self-esteem would be significant predictors of situational apprehension in the acquaintance context of relationships. An analysis of survey data from 261 college students revealed that situational self-esteem, physical attraction, and attitude homophily were significant predictors of apprehension. Taken together, the findings suggest that during the early stages of relationships people make a number of perceptions and experience feelings of self-esteem that predict the amount of communication apprehension they will experience in a given situation. (Tables of statistical data and a copy of instruments used in the study are appended.) (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Homophily; Interpersonal Communication
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (66th, New York, NY, November 13-16, 1980).