Thesis Title: Self-Construal and Communication Predisposition in Undergraduate Students

Author Name: Anum Amin

Supervisor: Iram Fatima

Year: 2017

Degree: MSC

Department: Institute of Applied Psychology

University: Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

Abstract

A correlational study was conducted to assess the relation between self-construal (Independent & Interdependent) and communication predisposition (approaching argumentativeness, avoiding argumentativeness and communication apprehension) in male (n = 34) and female (n = 126) undergraduate students with age range of (19 to 25) years (M = 16.63, SD = .82). It was hypothesized that there would be a positive relationship between independent self-construal and approaching arguments while interdependent self-construal would have a positive relationship with avoiding argumentativeness and communication apprehension. Singelis’s Self-construal Scale (Singelis, 1994) was used to assess independent and interdependent self-construal, Infante’s and Rancer’s Argumentativeness Scale (Infate & Rancer, 1982) and Personal Report of Communication Apprehension PRCA-24 (McCroskey, 1982) were used to measure communication predispositions. Correlation and Hierarchical Regression Analyses were used to assess the hypotheses. Results showed that both self-construals had a positive relationship with avoiding argumentativeness and approaching argumentativeness while independent self-construal positively predicted approaching argumentativeness and avoiding argumentativeness. Findings of the study throw light on the cultural specific role of independent and interdependent self in communication predispositions.

Keywords:

Self- construal and communication predisposition

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