Behavioral Communication
Behavioral Communication
  • Psychology Research into Personality and Communication                           If you were a participant of the study, please, click here
  • Author: MICHAEL IVANOV, Ph.D.    California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Francisco, CA   

How can differences among people in the proclivity to say things by doing rather than verbally be understood and measured? Behavioral Communication (BC) is defined as a variable of individual differences concerning the use of behaviors that indirectly express one's feelings, needs, and thoughts, as a substitute for more direct and open forms of communication. BC thus provides a conceptual framework to account for many instances of day-to-day behavior from communication standpoint. A measure of the construct, the 33-item Behavioral Communication Questionnaire (BCQ), was developed with an Internet sample (N = 247). High alpha reliabilities (from .92 to .93) were obtained in measuring behavioral communication toward three referents: partner, friend, and colleague. Strong positive intercorrelations among these versions of the BCQ suggested that people report consistency in what and how they communicate regardless of with whom they communicate. Psychometric analyses of the BCQ as well as its subscales and correlates are presented.

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  • May 2012: The second phase of research into behavioral communication has recently been completed. In the new study, the partner version of the BCQ was developed. With this measure, individuals report on how much behavioral communication they receive from their partners. Just as with the original self-report version of the measure, the BCQ partner version produced excellent psychometric properties and expected correlations with other study variables. Moreover, this study provided the opportunity to analyze results for the two BCQ measures in a sample of couples. The results provided data: (a) for the concurrent validity of the measures, (b) for test-retest reliability, and (c) for additional correlations between behavioral communication and diverse variables of personality and relationship attributes. The new results are published within the doctoral dissertation titled "Perceptual Agreement: Reality and Illusion in Romantic Relationships" by Michael Ivanov, Ph.D. The manuscript outlining major findings of the new study is in progress.
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