Personal Report of Communication Apprehension (PRCA-24)

Personal Report of Communication Apprehension (PRCA-24)
McCroskey‚ 1982
 
1.    I dislike participating in group discussions.
2.    Generally‚ I am comfortable while participating in group discussions.    
3.    I am tense and nervous while participating in group discussions.
4.    I like to get involved in group discussions.
5.    Engaging in a group discussion with new people makes me tense and nervous.         
6.    I am calm and relaxed while participating in group discussions.
7.    Generally‚ I am nervous when I have to participate in a meeting.
8.    Usually I am calm and relaxed while participating in meetings.
9.    I am very calm and relaxed when I am called upon to express an opinion at a meeting.
10.I am afraid to express myself at meetings.
11.Communicating at meetings usually makes me uncomfortable.
12.I am very relaxed when answering questions at a meeting.
13.While participating in a conversation with a new acquaintance‚ I feel very nervous.
14.I have no fear of speaking up in conversations.
15.Ordinarily I am very tense and nervous in conversations.
16.Ordinarily I am very calm and relaxed in conversations.
17.While conversing with a new acquaintance‚ I feel very relaxed.
18.I'm afraid to speak up in conversations.
19.I have no fear of giving a speech.
20.Certain parts of my body feel very tense and rigid while giving a speech.
21.I feel relaxed while giving a speech.
22.My thoughts become confused and jumbled when I am giving a speech.
23.I face the prospect of giving a speech with confidence.
24.While giving a speech‚ I get so nervous I forget facts I really know.
 
Strongly Disagree = 1; Disagree = 2; are Neutral = 3; Agree = 4; Strongly Agree = 5
Group discussion: 18 - (scores for items 2‚ 4‚ & 6) + (scores for items 1‚ 3‚ & 5)
Meetings: 18 - (scores for items 8‚ 9‚ & 12) + (scores for items 7‚ 10‚ & 11)
Interpersonal: 18 - (scores for items 14‚ 16‚ & 17) + (scores for items 13‚ 15‚ & 18)
Public Speaking: 18 - (scores for items 19‚ 21‚ & 23) + (scores for items 20‚ 22‚ &24)
Scores can range from 24-120. Scores below 51 represent people who have very low CA. Scores between 51-80 represent people with average CA. Scores above 80 represent people who have high levels of trait CA.
Scores between 83 and 120 indicate a high level of communication apprehension.
Scores between 55 and 83 indicate a moderate level of communication apprehension.
Scores between 24 and 55 indicate a low level of communication apprehension.
 
This instrument can be found at:  http://www.jamescmccroskey.com/measures/prca24.htm
 

McCroskey‚ J. C. (1982). An introduction to rhetorical communication (4th Ed). Englewood Cliffs‚ NJ: Prentice-Hall. (Also available in more recent editions of this book‚ now published by Allyn & Bacon.)

McCroskey‚ James C. & Beatty‚ Michael J. (1984). Communication apprehension and accumulated communication state anxiety experiences: A research note. Communication Monographs‚ 51(1)‚ 79-84

McCroskey‚ James C.‚ Beatty‚ Michael J.‚ Kearney‚ Patricia and Timothy Plax‚ G. (1985). The Content Validity of the PRCA-24 as a Measure of Communication Apprehension across Communication Contexts. Communication Quarterly‚ 33(3)‚ 165-173