ERIC Number: ED231005
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Communication Apprehension in Pharmacy Students in 51 Colleges and Universities.
McCroskey, James C.; And Others
A study was conducted to determine the extent of communication apprehension among students in pharmacy schools across the United States. Fifty-one schools submitted usable completed surveys. The self-reported survey measured the level of students' shyness, and the perceived importance of interpersonal, group, and public speaking forms of communication. The results indicated that approximately one in five students in pharmacy schools was highly communication apprehensive, with some schools having as low as 4% communication apprehensive students and others as high as 30%. Approximately one-third of the 10,000 students studied indicated they were shy, but 40% of these did not consider their shyness to be a problem. Perceived importance of communication to the pharmacy profession was found to be negatively correlated with the level of communication apprehension: the more anxiety that a communication context caused, the less importance a student attached to that type of communication. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (Dallas, TX, May 26-30, 1983).