Communicative Adaptability Scale (CAS)

Communicative Adaptability Scale (CAS)
Duran‚ R. L. (1992)
This 30-item instrument measures several aspects of interpersonal communication and social interaction‚ such as social composure‚ articulation‚ and wit. This is a great tool for identifying youth who may be shy or who have difficulty in social situations (for a variety of reasons). A tool like this might help programs find an appropriate mentor for youth or could be used for evaluative purposes for programs that focus on communication skills and improving youths’ social experiences.
This tool touches on the following keywords:
·         Personal Attitudes and Beliefs
·         Peer Relationships
·         Interpersonal Communication
Available through the Compendium of Research and Assessment Tools (CART) at:
None noted.
None noted‚ although probably most applicable to middle and high school students.
Pencil and paper self-report. 30 items rated on a 5-point scale (“1 = never true of me” to “5 = always true of me.”

Duran‚ R. L. (1992). Communicative Adaptability: A Review of Conceptualization and Measurement. Communication Quarterly‚ 40 (3)‚ 253-268. 

Communicative Adaptability Scale (CAS)
 The following are statements about communication behaviors. Answer each item as it relates to your general style of communication (the type of communicator you are most often) in social situations.
 Please indicate the degree to which each statement applies to you by placing theappropriate number (according to the scale below) in the space provided.
 5 = always true of me
4 = often true of me
3 = sometimes true of me
2 = rarely true of me
1 = never true of me.
 Social Composure
____ 1. I feel nervous in social situations. (R)
____ 2. In most situations I feel tense and constrained. (R)
____ 3. When talking‚ my posture seems awkward and tense. (R)
____ 4. My voice sounds nervous when I talk to others. (R)
____ 5. I am relaxed when talking to others.
 Social Confirmation
____ 6. I try to make the other person feel good.
____ 7. I try to make the other person feel important.
____ 8. I try to be warm when communicating with another.
____ 9. While I’m talking I think about how the other person feels.
____ 10. I am verbally and nonverbally supportive of other people.
Social Experience
____ 11. I like to be active in different social groups.
____ 12. I enjoy socializing with various groups of people.
____ 13. I enjoy meeting new people.
____ 14. I find it easy to get along with new people.
____ 15. I do not “mix” well at social functions. (R)
 Appropriate Disclosure
____ 16. I am aware of how intimate my disclosures are.
____ 17. I am aware of how intimate the disclosures of others are.
____ 18. I disclose at the same level that others disclose to me.
____ 19. I know how appropriate my self-disclosures are.
____ 20. When I self-disclose I know what I am revealing.
____ 21. When speaking I have problems with grammar. (R)
____ 22. At times I don’t use appropriate verb tense. (R)
____ 23. I sometimes use one word when I mean to use another. (R)
____ 24. I sometimes use word incorrectly. (R)
____ 25. I have difficulty pronouncing some words. (R)
____ 26. When I am anxious‚ I often make jokes.
____ 27. I often make jokes when in tense situations.
____ 28. When I embarrass myself I often make a joke about it.
____ 29. When someone makes a negative comment about me I respond with a witty comeback.
____ 30. People think I am witty.
 R = Before summing the items to cr‎eate dimensions‚ reverse the score of those that are followed by (R). If the person indicated 5 for that item‚ give it a score of 1. If the person indicated a 4‚ give it a 2. If the person indicated a 2‚ give it a 4. If the person indicated a 1 for that item‚ give it a 5.
 Note: For more information‚ please use the following reference:

 Duran‚ R. L. (1992). Communicative Adaptability: A Review of Conceptualization and Measurement. Communication Quarterly‚ 40 (3)‚ 253-268.