1. Often I keep quiet when I should talk
2. I talk more than I should sometimes
3. Often‚ I talk when I know I should keep quiet
4. Sometimes I keep quiet when I know it would be to my advantage to talk
5. I am a “talkaholic”
6. Sometimes I feel compelled to keep quiet
7. In general‚ I talk more than I should
8. I am a compulsive talker
9. I am not a talker; rarely do I talk in communication situations
10.Quite a few people have said I talk too much
11.I just can’t stop talking too much
12.In general‚ I talk less than I should
13.I am not a “talkaholic”
14.Sometimes I talk when I know it would be to my advantage to keep quiet
15.I talk less than I should sometimes
16.I am not a compulsive talker
Strongly Disagree =1; Disagree = 2; Neutral = 3; Agree = 4; Strongly Agree = 5
Scoring: To determine the score on the Talkaholic Scale‚ complete the following steps:
Step 1: Add the scores for items 2‚ 3‚ 5‚ 7‚ 8‚ 10‚ 11‚ and 14.
Step 2: Add the scores for items 13 and 16.
Step 3: Complete the following formula: Total Score = 12 + Total from Step 1 – Total from Step 2.
NOTE: Items 1‚ 4‚ 6‚ 9‚ 12‚ and 15 are filler items and are not scored.
The score should be between 10 and 50. Most people score below 30.
People who score between 30 and 39 are borderline talkaholics‚ and are able to control their talking most of the time‚ but sometimes they find themselves in situations where it is difficult to be quiet‚ even if it would be very much to their advantage not to talk.
People with scores above 40 are talkaholics. They are truly compulsive communicators.
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McCroskey‚ J. C.‚ & Richmond‚ V. P. (1995). Correlates of compulsive communication: Quantitative and qualitative characteristics. Communication Quarterly‚ 43‚ 39-52.
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Richmond‚ V. P.‚ & McCroskey‚ J. C. (1998). Communication apprehension‚ avoidance and effectiveness b (5th Ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon.