ERIC Number: ED416544
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-3
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An Exploratory Study To Determine Differences between Gender Groups, among Age Groups, and among Talkaholic Groups in Rating Talkativeness and Communication Style Variables.
McDowell, Earl E.; McDowell, Carlene E.
A study examined the differences between gender groups in different age groups and their relationships between talkaholic scores and communication styles. Subjects were 125 oral communication students at a midwestern university, who were asked to complete the Talkaholic Scale and Communication Style Instrument. Males were found to have a more dominant communication style, are more contentious, use more hostile verbs, are more assertive than females, and are more precise as they focus on instrumental, objective, analytical, and problematic aspects. Females, in contrast, use open, friendly, animated, and attentive styles, show greater social sensitivity, and use a wider range of nonverbal expressions of emotions. Significant differences also occurred among age groups. The 18-21 age group has the lowest talkaholic scores while the 25+ group has the highest scores. There are no differences between the high talkaholic group and the other groups on precise scores and contentious, seeming to indicate that high talkaholics enjoy talking but are not condescending toward others. (Contains 6 tables of data and 14 references). (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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