Situational Communication Apprehension Measure (SCAM)

Author of Tool: 

Richmond, V. P.

Key references: 

Richmond, V. P. (1978). The relationship between trait and state communication apprehension and interpersonal perception during acquaintance stages. Human Communication Research, 4, 338-349.

Primary use / Purpose: 

Measures self-reported situational communication apprehension.

Background: 

The Situational Communication Apprehension Measure (SCAM) was developed to provide and instrument which could measure state CA in any context. This is a self-report instrument which can apply to how a person felt in any recent communication event (the closer in time between the event and completion of this instrument, the more valid the measure will be).

Psychometrics: 

You can expect alpha reliability estimates of .85 to .90 for the SCAM in most cases. For full psychometric description of the SCAM see: Richmond, V. P. (1978). The relationship between trait and state communication apprehension and interpersonal perception during acquaintance stages. Human Communication Research, 4, 338-349.

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Other Information: 

 In the example provided, in the directions we describe the communication context as "the last time you interacted with someone who had a supervisory role over you." This may be replaced by any other context, e.g. "talked with one of your subordinates," "talked with your teacher outside class," "met with your physician."

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