Willingness to communicate about politics (WTCAP): A novel measure of interpersonal political discussion

  • Steven B. Kleinman Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Department of Communications Media, Indiana
  • Erin Kleinman Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Department of Communications Media, Indiana
Keywords: Interpersonal communication, Political discussion, Willingness to communicate, Political communication, Survey methodology

Abstract

This paper lays out a theoretical argument for a novel survey measure of interpersonal political discussion; willingness to communicate about politics. WTCAP is defined as a state-based variable referring to a person's likelihood or propensity to actively engage in an informal political discussion in a specific situation. Complete data from 291 participants were used to test and validate this novel measure. Ultimately a six-item survey instrument was found to best fit the data. This measure was found to be a valid and reliable measure of the construct.

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scoms.2016.01.001

How to Cite
Kleinman, S. B., & Kleinman, E. (1). Willingness to communicate about politics (WTCAP): A novel measure of interpersonal political discussion. Studies in Communication Sciences, (2). https://doi.org/10.24434/%x
Section
General Section