ERIC Number: ED264609
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Self-Monitoring and Relational Competence.
Spitzberg, Brian H.; Cupach, William R.
Forty-nine college students participated in a study designed to determine the relationships among self-monitoring, relational competence, and relational intimacy. Each student was asked to find a willing conversational partner, to decide upon a conversation they had recently, and--without consulting with each other--to complete a questionnaire about that conversation. The questionnaire was composed of scales intended to measure perceptions of a partner's communication competence, perceptions of one's own competence, and self-monitoring behavior--the tendency of individuals to focus on internal or external cues for regulating self-behavior. It was hypothesized that self-rated competence would be positively related with self-ratings of other's competence and that self-monitoring would be positively associated with self-rated competence. Results, however, did not support these hypotheses. Self-monitoring appeared to have little effect on other-competence or on the correlation between self-competence and other-competence. Collectively, the findings indicate that the self-monitoring construct does not significantly predict competent interaction but may combine with competence to predict possible outcomes of competent interaction. References and tables are appended. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (67th, Anaheim, CA, November 12-15, 1981).