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ERIC Number: EJ921017
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1345-8353
Communication Apprehension among Japanese College Students
Matsuoka, Rieko
Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, v12 n2 p37-48 2008
The main purposes of this study are: (a) to identify the constructs that may generate communication apprehension and to investigate how they influence communication apprehension and reduce the level of willingness to communicate; and (b) to explore the basic mentality underlying these constructs. The data were obtained from semi-structured interviews with 10 Japanese female college students and one Vietnamese male student who provided a contrast for the data from the Japanese students. The study suggests that constructs such as perfectionism, competitiveness, "good-student" mentality and face-protecting orientation may generate communication apprehension and the basic mentality underlying them may be other-directedness. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan