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ERIC Number: ED086915
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 17
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Social Competence and Incompetence: A Comparison of Conversational Content and Style.
Hines, Patricia
This paper reports data from two studies on the behavioral assessment of social competence in college males which look at how well the male initiates interaction with a female in a "boy meets girl" situation. The goal is to determine the types of social behavior which will differentiate between a group of anxious, non-dating, or low social-competence, college men (LSC), and a group of non-anxious, socially active, or high social-competence college men (HSC). The first study examined behaviors associated with social delivery such as eye contact, pauses, and amount of talking. The second study looked at stylistic behaviors associated with social manner such as self-disclosure, use of verbal reinforcements, and the type of content used within a social interaction. The studies employed several levels of assessment in the definition of social competence, ranging from self-report to peer rating to direct observation of behavior. The subjects were 35 unmarried male undergraduates. Group differences on the behavioral measures of social competence suggest that the latency or timing and length of social responses tend to discriminate between HSC and LSC subjects. None of the stylistic or content measures coded on the male subjects' behavior are able to discriminate significantly between LSC and HSC groups. (Author)
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Note: Paper presented at the Western Psychological Association, 1973