Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Carley Dodd, John O'Connor, Carl Kell

Degree Program

Department of Communication

Degree Type

Master of Arts


The purpose of this study was to explore the effects of communication apprehension and sex on task efficiency, satisfaction, liking, and trust following a dyadic problem-solving situation. The experimental design was a h x 3 analysis of variance determined by the level of communication apprehension (high-low) and by the sex of the dyads (male-male, male-female, female-female). The results indicated that the high communication apprehensive dyads had significantly less task efficiency, less satisfaction, less liking, and less trust than the low apprehensive dyads. Further, male-male dyads had significantly more satisfaction and significantly less trust than the female-female dyads.


Communication | Interpersonal and Small Group Communication | Social and Behavioral Sciences