Communication Traits and Social Phobia

Richmond, Virginia P.; McCroskey, James C.; Amsbary, Jonathan
December 2009
Human Communication;Winter2009, Vol. 12 Issue 4, p485
Academic Journal
This paper is directed toward the potential relationship between the psychological construct of Social Phobia and several communication traits. The results of the present research indicate that communication apprehension, and to a lesser extent, behavioral shyness, self-perceived communication competence, and assertiveness are substantially related with two of the subconstructs of social phobia (fear and avoidance of performance). Willingness to communicate, compulsive communication, responsiveness, and nonverbal immediacy had small or no relationship with these social phobia constructs. None of the communication traits were found to be strongly associated with the other two sub-constructs (fear and avoidance) of social phobia. Researchers are cautioned about the questionable validity of the measure of social phobia for use in communication research.


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