An examination of reliability and validity of the religious communication apprehension scale

Narissra M. Punyanunt-Carter, Jason S. Wrench, Michael W. Corrigan, James C. McCroskey

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Abstract

Religious communication apprehension (RCA) is conceptualized as the anxiety or fear associated with either real or anticipated interaction about religion with people of other religions. A RCA scale was constructed and results from this study indicated that the scale is both generally valid and reliable. In this study, 426 participants completed surveys regarding their religious communication behavior. Findings also revealed a positive relationship between religious communication apprehension and religious receiver apprehension. There was a negative relationship among religious communication apprehension, tolerance for religious disagreement, and willingness to communicate about religion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-15
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Intercultural Communication Research
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

Keywords

  • Religious Communication Apprehension
  • Religious Receiver Apprehension
  • Tolerance for Religious Disagreement
  • Willingness to Communicate about Religion

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