ERIC Number: ED185631
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Self-Worth and Communicator Style: What Is the Relationship?
Taylor, Ruby M.; And Others
A study to determine the relationship between feelings of self-esteem and style of communication involved 71 college students enrolled in a basic speech communication course and implemented an inventory of self-worth (ISW) developed to isolate internal feelings about self that would most likely be consistent across situations. The subjects completed the ISW and a communicator style questionnaire (CSQ). They had been involved in classroom group work for a semester and were also asked to rate each of the members of their five to seven person group using the CSQ. An analysis of the data indicated that self-reports of communicator style elements appeared to be a better indicator of self-worth than were rater's observations, that clear differences in communication style between low and high self-worth individuals were not observable by raters, and that conclusions cannot be drawn about a subject's self-esteem by observing communication style, or vice versa. (Data analysis in tabular form is appended.) (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (65th, San Antonio, TX, November 10-13, 1979).