ERIC Number: ED306626
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-May
Predicting Deception in Interpersonal Relationships.
McGreal, Elizabeth A.; Forst, Edmund, Jr.
A study examined verbal and nonverbal behaviors that can detect an individual's deceptive communication, including variables such as familiarity with the individual, amount of interaction, skill at detecting deception with individuals and in general, and an individual's verbal and nonverbal immediacy behaviors. Subjects, 242 undergraduates enrolled in a basic communication course at a large eastern university, completed a series of measures, answering questions based on the last person with which subjects had a conversation. Measures consisted of: Booth-Butterfield's Deception Tactics Scale (measuring interpersonal deception); the Immediacy Behavior Scale (measuring interpersonal immediacy); and questions dealing with the subject's familiarity with the person's communicative behaviors, amount of interaction with the person, skill at detecting the person's deceptive communication behaviors, and skill at detecting other people's deceptive communication behaviors. Results indicated no substantial relationships between the independent variables (sex, familiarity, interaction, skill at detecting deception, total immediacy scores, and individual immediacy behaviors) and the total interpersonal deception score. However, significant correlations were revealed between familiarity, interaction, individual skill at detecting deception, and general skill of detecting anyone's deceptive communication. (Two tables of data are included, and 29 references are attached.) (MM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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