ERIC Number: ED214215
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship between Psychological Sex Type and Communication Apprehension.
Pearson, Judy C.; Turner, Lynn H.
A study examined the relationship between self-reported communication apprehension and psychological sex type as measured by the Bem Sex Role Inventory (BSRI). The BSRI identifies people as masculine (high in masculinity, low in feminity), feminine (high in femininity, low in masculinity), androgynous (high in both femininity and masculinity), and undifferentiated (low in both femininity and masculinity). Subjects were 232 college students who completed the self report measures. Regression analyses of the data illustrated the usefulness of replacing the four-part matrix classification of the BSRI with other factors that emerge from the instrument. As hypothesized, leadership and incisiveness were factors demonstrated to have an inverse relationship to communication apprehension. On the other hand, there was no apparent relationship demonstrated between communication apprehension and self-reported masculinity/femininity, empathy, diplomacy, or biological sex. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Association (Denver, CO, February 19-23, 1982).