A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Communication Apprehension

Croucher, Stephen M.; Sommier, Mélodine; Rahmani, Diyako; Appenrodt, Juliane
July 2015
Journal of Intercultural Communication;Jul2015, Issue 38, p2
Academic Journal
Data from England, Finland, and Germany were used to explore national differences in communication apprehension (CA). Based on the traditions of oral communication training in each nation, and the history of cross-cultural comparisons in CA, it was proposed that national differences would emerge. English participants scored lower than Finnish and German participants on totalCA, publicCA, dyadicCA, and meetingCA; Finnish participants scored higher than all nations on totalCA, dyadicCA, and meetingCA; and German participants consistently scored in the middle on all aspects of CA, except for publicCA. The study of oral communication, conversational style, and politeness are discussed as potential variables relating to CA differences between the nations.


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