ERIC Number: ED214209
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship between Communicator Attitudes and Communication Behavior: Initial Evidence.
Eadie, William F.
A study examined the relationship between communicator attitudes and communication behavior by having 122 college students complete the RHETSEN scale of communication attitudes and the Communicator Style Measure. The RHETSEN scale characterizes communication attitudes according to three communicator types: (1) the "rhetorically sensitive" (RS) person, who generally accepts the variability of communication and interpersonal relationships and does not try to avoid stylized verbal behaviors; (2) the "noble self" (NS), who sees any variat ion from personal norms as hypocritical and a denial of integrity; and (3) the "rhetorical reflector" (RR), who presents a different self for each person or situation. The Communicator Style Measure examines style along dominant, dramatic, contentious, animated, impression leaving, relaxed, attentive, open, and friendly dimensions. In examining the relationships between the three components of the RHETSEN measure and the nine components of the Communicator Style Measure, it was found that persons who scored high on the RS scale tended to see themselves as being less animated, relaxed, and impression leaving than others. Persons who scored high on the NS scale, on the other hand, tended to see themselves as being more dramatic, impression leaving, and attentive. The RR attitude was not associated with any general style of communication. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Communicator Style; Interpersonal Communication