Date of Award


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Master Thesis

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Psychology, Personality.



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The main purpose of the current study was to examine how self-efficacy expectancies and types of evaluative thoughts experienced in a public speaking situation are related to trait and general-context communication apprehension. More specifically, it was hypothesized that highly anxious speakers would have lower self-efficacy expectancies than less anxious speakers, and that highly anxious individuals would report more negative evaluations concerning the speaking event than less anxious speakers. Sixty-eight introductory psychology students completed the Personal Report of Communication Apprehension (trait communication apprehension measure) and a public speaking anxiety measure (general-context communication apprehension) prior to giving a short speech. Following their speech delivery, subjects completed the State Anxiety Inventory (state anxiety), the Perceptions of Speaking Ability measure (self-efficacy expectancies), and thought listing protocol. The results of the present study provide strong support for the major hypotheses. The secondary hypotheses were also supported, that is, there were significant correlations between measures of state, trait, and general-context communication apprehension. Contributions and implications of these findings are discussed. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1992 .T835. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 31-04, page: 1950. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1992.