AN ASSIMILATION THEORY PERSPECTIVE OF COMMUNICATION APPREHENSION

Michael Beatty, RALPH R. BEHNKE

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Abstract

In this study, both the dynamic and stable qualities of communication apprehension are examined from an assimilation theory perspective. Based upon assimilation theory, PRC A scores obtained after an intervening speech performance are predicted from initial levels of communication apprehension and discrepancies between those initial levels and the levels of state anxiety experienced during speech performance. The results of multiple regression analysis indicate that both initial apprehension levels and the discrepancy variable contributed significantly to the prediction of post‐intervention PRCA scores, a finding that supports an assimilation theory perspective of communication apprehension.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)319-325
Number of pages7
JournalHuman Communication Research
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1980
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Linguistics and Language

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