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2012

Abstract

This study analyzed the effect motivation has on reported anxiety, communication apprehension (CA), and willingness to communicate (WTC) in interability interactions. As interability communication is a form of intercultural communication, the author employed the use of intercultural theories and scales. Participants chose one of two URL links and were either presented with a situation in which they were voluntarily engaging in interability communication, or were forced to engage in interability communication. All participants responded to the measures’ questions with one of these scenarios in mind. Although the study’s initial hypotheses were not supported, the rejection of Hypothesis Three, which predicted a positive correlation between compelled interability communication and reported anxiety, but resulted in a significant finding in the opposite direction, could mean that people who are willingly engaging in interability communication experience more anxiety due to their fear of doing or saying the wrong thing. Future research should expand the number of individuals surveyed, compare other demographic factors, and also look to explore ways to lessen anxiety among volunteers in interability communication situations.

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