Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Communication Studies and Theatre


Bakken, Stefanie L. This study examines the effects of gender on communication apprehension in the college classroom, using Booth-Butterfield and Gould's Communication Anxiety Inventory (CAI). The Communication Anxiety Inventory measures state and trait apprehension. The results suggest that male and female students experience different level of communication apprehension in trait public speaking situations based on their gender. No differences were found by the trait instrument in the levels of communication apprehension between males and females while in small-group and dyadic situations. This study also proposes that trait apprehension does effect the level of state apprehension a participant experiences.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Speech anxiety -- Sex differences Communication -- Sex differences



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South Dakota State University