ERIC Number: ED330017
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Interpersonal Communication through an Analysis of Students' Initial Interaction: A Q-Methodological Study of Styles in Meeting People.
Aitken, Joan E.
A study categorized self-perceptions of subjects regarding their feelings about initial communication interaction. Using Q-Technique, a total of 138 subjects, mostly students at a midsized, midwestern, urban university enrolled in interpersonal communication courses, were studied through the use of two structured Q-sorts containing statements about nonverbal communication, verbal communication, physical setting, social setting, and decisionmaking. The development of the measure was used as a means of teaching students about interaction and context in the initial stage of relational development. Results indicated there were six communicator styles: (1) the "tentative communicator" who is rhetorically sensitive; (2) the "deliberate communicator" who thinks he or she makes definitive judgments about first impressions; (3) the "searching communicator" who is apprehensive; (4) the "open communicator" who is nonjudgmental; (5) the "particular communicator" who is critically judgmental; and (6) the "awkward communicator" who is caring but lacks skills. (Two tables of data are included; 51 references are attached.) (Author/TD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Styles; Q Statistic
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Communication Association (Chicago, IL, April 11-14, 1990).