Measuring communication style: construction, factor structure and psychometric properties of the scale

Teodora Chirilă, Cristina Maria Bostan, Ticu Constantin


The aim of this study is to present the construction of a communication style scale based on the description of the main behaviours displayed during social interacion.The study is based on an existing lexical approach model that discovered seven key communication dimensions (De Vries, Bakker-Piepper, Siberg, Van Gameren, & Vlug, 2009). These dimensions were translated into Romanian and verified through a pilot study in which psychology students (N=75) were given two papers containing (1) definitions of these seven dimensions and (2) adjectives and verbs translated into the Romanian language. The students were asked to match the adjectives and verbs with the seven communication style definitions. The results were submitted to a frequency analysis: the words with a frequency of appearance above seven were selected and introduced in items. These items were verified in two stages (1): Study 2 in which psychology students (N=98) completed the self-report questionnaire and (2) Study 3 in which psychology students (N=113) completed the revised form of the questionnaire. Exploratory Factor Analysis and Internal Consistence Analysis revealed for study 2, six dimensions with an internal consistence greater than .70 and for study 3, five dimensions with an internal consistence greater than .70.

communications styles, adjectives, verbs, communication styles dimensions

TEODORA CHIRILĂ – Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iaşi;,
CRISTINA MARIA BOSTAN – Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iaşi,
TICU CONSTANTIN – Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iaşi;

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