The Content Validity of the PRCA-24 as a Measure of Communication Apprehension across Communication Contexts

James C. McCroskey, Michael J. Beatty, Patricia Kearney, Timothy G. Plax

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Research reported by Porter (1981) and Parks (1980) has raised significant reservations concerning the content validity of the items on the early versions of the PRCA. The present study investigated the content validity of the most recent version of the instrument, PRCA-24. The results of this research indicate that the scores generated by the new instrument are relatively independent of the context-based content of the items employed and are capable of substantially predicting apprehension in a context not represented directly in the items on the new form.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-173
Number of pages9
JournalCommunication Quarterly
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1985
Externally publishedYes



  • Communication apprehension
  • PRCA
  • PRCA validity
  • assertiveness
  • communication anxiety
  • communication avoidance
  • state anxiety
  • trait anxiety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication

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