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ERIC Number: ED265581
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Nov-10
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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An Examination of the Relationship between Irrational Beliefs and Communication Apprehension.
Ambler, Bob; Elkins, Mike
A study of the relationship between irrational beliefs and communication apprehension (CA) sought to determine (1) if CA is related to a person's irrational beliefs as defined in research by Ellis; (2) to which, if any, of the CA contexts (group, meeting, dyadic, or public speaking) the irrational beliefs are most related; and (3) whether the association between CA and irrational beliefs is different for males and females. Subjects, 29 males and 38 females from three speech communication classes, completed the Irrational Beliefs Tests (IBT) and the Personal Report of Communication Apprehension (PRCA). The results of analyses indicated that totally irrational beliefs and six of the ten subtests were significantly related to CA: demand for self approval, high self-expectations, frustration reactivity, anxious overconcern, problem avoidance, and dependency. Three of the IBT subtests were significantly related to CA for the males: frustration reactivity, anxious overconcern, and problem avoidance, while four were significantly related to females: demand for approval, high self-expectations, anxious overconcern, and dependency. The results provide support for the link between irrational beliefs and CA, but offer none for the notion that irrational beliefs are more strongly associated with other dimensions of CA than public speaking, and little clear support for the hypothesis that the irrational beliefs associated with CA are dependent on gender. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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