Noting that children of alcoholic parents come from home settings similar to those identified as potential sources of communication apprehension, a study compared communication apprehension scores of adult children of alcoholics (ACoA) with those of non-ACoAs. Subjects, 85 men and 109 women, were drawn from a local church, undergraduate and graduate classes at a northern California university, and northern California Al-Anon ACoA meetings. They ranged from 18 to 60 years of age, with a wide range of educational backgrounds. Each subject completed a questionnaire that consisted of two instruments: the Children of Alcoholics Screening Test (CAST) and McCroskey's Personal Report of Communication Apprehension Test (PRCA-24). Results indicated a strong relationship between ACoAs and CA except where subjects were involved in a group communication situation. Findings suggest that future research investigating communication and ACoAs is called for. (Two tables of data are included. Contains 21 references.) (NH)
Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (79th, Miami Beach, FL, November 18-21, 1993).
Adult Children of Alcoholics; Al Anon; California (North); Communication Behavior