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ERIC Number: ED221891
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 40
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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"Really 'Communicating'": The Explication of an Expression.
Gordon, Ron
A study was conducted to test the hypothesis that "really communicating" would be identified as a positive experience for communicators, as represented by the use of the positive factor clusters of the Joel Davitz model of affective experience (i.e., moving toward others, enhancement, comfort), and that a greater proportion of females than males would report heightened cognitive-physical-affective functioning when "really communicating." Eighty-six undergraduate students completed a 382-item check-list, representing Davitz's 12 clusters, in response to a passage regarding unsuccessful and successful communicating experiences. The results supported the hypothesis. The clusters the respondents drew upon to convey the experience of "really communicating" were those associated with the factor Davitz termed positive. By contrast, there were not enough items from the negative clusters to warrant inclusion. While there was 85% between-sex agreement as to what items constituted "really communicating," there were 19 significant differences between the sexes, all with females in the higher proportions, distributed across the comfort, moving toward others, activation, and miscellaneous clusters. (A discussion of Davitz's study and the resulting clusters and a copy of the passage to which the subjects responded are included in the text.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Positive Attitudes