A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Communication Apprehension A Comparison of Three European Nations

Stephen M. Croucher (1) , Mélodine Sommier (2) , Diyako Rahmani (3) , Juliane Appenrodt (4)
(1) Department of Communication, University of Jyväskylä , Finland
(2) Department of Communication, University of Jyväskylä , Finland
(3) Department of Communication, University of Jyväskylä , Finland
(4) Department of Communication, University of Jyväskylä , Finland


Data from England, Finland, and Germany were used to explore national differences in communication apprehension (CA). Based on the traditions of oral communication training in each nation, and the history of cross-cultural comparisons in CA, it was proposed that national differences would emerge. English participants scored lower than Finnish and German participants on totalCA, publicCA, dyadicCA, and meetingCA; Finnish participants scored higher than all nations on totalCA, dyadicCA, and meetingCA; and German participants consistently scored in the middle on all aspects of CA, except for publicCA. The study of oral communication, conversational style, and politeness are discussed as potential variables relating to CA differences between the nations.

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Author Biographies

Stephen M. Croucher, Department of Communication, University of Jyväskylä

Stephen M. Croucher (Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 2006) is a Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Jyväskylä.

Mélodine Sommier, Department of Communication, University of Jyväskylä

Mélodine Sommier (MA, University of Jyväskylä, 2012) is a Doctoral student in the Department of Communication.

Diyako Rahmani, Department of Communication, University of Jyväskylä

Diyako Rahmani is a Doctoral Student in the Department of Communication at the University of Jyväskylä.

Juliane Appenrodt, Department of Communication, University of Jyväskylä

Juliane Appenrodt (MA, University of Jyväskylä, 2013) is a working professional in Germany.

Croucher, S. M., Sommier, M., Rahmani, D., & Appenrodt, J. (2015). A Cross-Cultural Analysis of Communication Apprehension A Comparison of Three European Nations. Journal of Intercultural Communication, 15(2), 1–09. https://doi.org/10.36923/jicc.v15i2.693

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