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ERIC Number: ED222931
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 37
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Peak Communication Experiences: Concept, Structure, and Sex Differences.
Gordon, Ron; Dulaney, Earl
A study was conducted to test a "peak communication experience" (PCE) scale developed from Abraham Maslow's theory of PCE's, a model of one's highest interpersonal communication moments in terms of perceived mutual understanding, happiness, and personal fulfillment. Nineteen items, extrapolated from Maslow's model but rendered more generally communicative than the original wording, constituted the PCE scale used in the study. Subjects, 37 females and 37 males enrolled in a required speech communication course responded to each of the 19 items using a five-point scale from "very true" to "very untrue." Statistical analysis of the results identified six peak communication components: (1) loving acceptance, (2) openminded insight, (3) spontaneity, (4) pleasant fear, (5) absorption, and (6) self-detachment. Males and females did differ in their PCE reporting, with females rating significantly higher on both loving acceptance and spontaneity and rating the PCE as involving more pleasant fear than males did. These differences seem to be sex-role appropriate. Many PCE questions still await the researcher interested in developing a high-ceiling interpersonal communication theory, but clearly the exploration of PCE's will yield new insights in human communication practices and possibilities. (The questionnaire and tables of results are appended.) (JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers: Maslow (Abraham); Peak Communication Experiences