ERIC Number: ED226374
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Syntactic Language Correlates of Written Communication Apprehension.
Stacks, Don W.; And Others
A study provided the initial test of a multidimensional instrument based on the idea that syntactic language choice might predict writing apprehension. The test measured six factors: (1) blank page paralysis, (2) general affect toward writing, (3) positive/negative business affect, (4) alternative modes, (5) attitude toward writing competence, and (6) attitude toward professional writing skills. Subjects, 59 undergraduate college students enrolled in business communication courses, completed the instrument and an assignment requiring them to write a business letter responding to a problem. Computer analysis of the letters revealed that five of the six factors had syntactic language variables significantly predicting writing apprehension. Although further refinement is needed, these results indicate that the instrument could be used to identify general writing apprehension and to diagnose specific problems. (Includes copies of the instrument and the writing assignment.) (JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Division of the American Business Communication Association (Houston, TX, March 10-12, 1983).