Master's Theses


Communication Studies

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of training in interpersonal communications and public speaking on the factors involved in stage fright as shown by comparative analysis of certain factors of the Gilkinson Speech Anxiety Scale. The basic question of this study was: "Are there significant differences in the reduction of speech anxiety between students taking the basic traditional public speaking course as opposed to students taking the fundamentals of interpersonal communications course?" To determine these differences, three hypotheses were tested. 1. Students taking the Public Speaking Course (PSC) and students taking the Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communications (FIC) will have significantly greater reduction of stage fright on each factor than those not taking a speech course. This will involve four secondary hypotheses to account for each factor as determined by Friedrich (speech anxiety, reticence, exhibitionism, and physical manifestations). 2. There will be no significant differences between students taking the Public Speaking Course and the Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communications Course on any factor of stage fright. 3. Students taking Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communications will have a significantly more positive response on the interpersonal relationship factor of the test instrument. (This final hypothesis was used for masking as described in later sections of this report).


James Costigan

Date of Award

Spring 1974

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


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