ERIC Number: ED254540
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar-29
Reference Count: 0
Suggested Approaches to the Measurement of Computer Anxiety.
Psychologists can gain insight into human behavior by examining what people feel about, know about, and do with, computers. Two extreme reactions to computers are computer phobia, or anxiety, and computer addiction, or "hacking". A four-part questionnaire was developed to measure computer anxiety. The first part is a projective technique which requires the examinee to draw a scene with a computer in it and write a description. The second part is a computer knowledge measure. The final two sections are a description of one's behaviors involving computer use and an attitudinal assessment of computers. Issues that are particularly important to the study of computer anxiety include: (1) the need to identify what is contextualized by the word "computer", (2) clarification of the relationship between various kinds of anxiety and behavior toward computers; and (3) consideration of the possibility that computer phobia may be functional. The questionnaire is included as an appendix to the report. (DWH)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (New Orleans, LA, March 29, 1984).