ERIC Number: ED280125
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-May
Reference Count: 0
The Assessment of the Relationships among Loneliness, Affinity-Seeking Competence, and Communication Apprehension.
Woltjen, Lisa M.; Zakahi, Walter R.
A study investigated the relationships among dyadic apprehension and levels of loneliness, dyadic apprehension and affinity-seeking competence, and affinity-seeking competence and levels of loneliness. Subjects, 198 undergraduate students, completed the Revised University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) Loneliness Scale, the Personal Report of Communication Apprehension Scale (PRCA) 24, and the Affinity-Seeking Instrument. Results indicated that chronically lonely, situationally lonely, and non-lonely people differ on dyadic apprehension scores. Results also indicated that dyadic apprehension is related to affinity-seeking competence, while chronically lonely subjects were found to be poorer in routine enactments than were situationally lonely and non-lonely subjects. In summary, the relationship between loneliness and dyadic apprehension was supported, reconfirming the majority of previous research. The relationship between apprehension and loneliness is strong in the research, suggesting that individuals' levels of apprehension, specifically dyadic apprehension, should always be considered when treating for loneliness. (Tables of data are included.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association (78th, Syracuse, NY, May 18-21, 1987).