ERIC Number: ED224061
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Predictive Accuracy and Communicative Responsiveness: Outcomes of an Interpersonal Communication Course.
Hughey, Jim D.
A study examined the relationship between changes in a person's mode of responsiveness during an interpersonal communication course and his or her ability to predict the behavior of others. First an instrument to identify flexible-responsive individuals was developed. Over a period of 7 years, 163 subjects, undergraduates in a beginning interpersonal communication course, completed all phases of the project. Analysis of flexible-response scores at the beginning and end of the course indicated that the students did become significantly more flexible-responsive. Although each measure of predictive accuracy was significantly related to one or more of the independent variables, the magnitude of the relationship was low. Still, these results do provide empirical support for a connection between communication behavior and ability to predict the behavior of others. Theoretical reasons for this connection include (1) the premise that communication is the primary method people use to come to know each other, (2) insights from communication theory that stress appropriate behaviors and interpersonal perception, and (3) the relationship between a person's general sensitivity to people and predictive skill. These results also support the notion that interpersonal communication courses can have measureable outcomes. Finally, the sex of the predictor does not make a difference, but the sex makeup of the dyad does appear to influence forecasting ability. (Tables of results are included.) (JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Flexible Response (Communication)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (68th, Louisville, KY, November 4-7, 1982).