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2008 - International Communication Association Pages: 24 pages || Words: 4837 words || 
1. Warner, Bejamin. and Hample, Dale. "Argument Engagement, Argumentativeness, Verbal Aggressiveness, Topic Type, and Argument Realism: Their Effects on Editorial Choices" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, TBA, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 22, 2008 Online <PDF>. 2020-02-25 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: This project explores the effects of communication apprehension, argumentativeness, verbal aggressiveness, and argument realism on the way an arguer engages in possible arguments. In particular, the study examines arguers’ editorial standards. 201 participants completed a survey containing standard mesaures, and also responded to two separate situations which used the Hample and Dallinger (1987) editorial standards instrument format. Each of the situations was designed to respect Johnson’s (2002) distinction between personal and public topics. Bivariate correlations showed that communication apprehension is positively associated with concern for effectiveness, truth, and self-image. Verbally aggressive respondents are also concerned with effectiveness, but avoid editing based on truth or relational issues. Argumentative respondents make more principled objections to various arguments, but seem disinclined to worry about person-centered matters. Since these three variables are intercorrelated, multiple regressions show somewhat different patterns. Argument realism, intended as a manipulation check, is a serendipitous discovery. Argument realism has important relationships to endorsement and editorial behaviors. Participants reacted quite differently to public versus personal argument topics, reinforcing Johnson’s claim that these must be carefully distinguished in research and theory.

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