First Advisor

Theodore Grove

Term of Graduation

Summer 1977

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech Communication


Speech Communication




Interviewing, Nonverbal communication



Physical Description

1 online resource (2, vii, 130 pages)


The present study investigated the expressive and interpersonal functioning of nonverbal behavior within a dyadic relationship. A questionnaire derived from the Interpersonal Perception Method of Laing, Phillipson, and Lee (1966) was developed to assess the impact of an interviewer’s nonverbal behavior on the interviewee’s experience of herself, the interviewer, and their relationship.

To determine this impact and evaluate the usefulness of the instrument, two interviewer nonverbal behavior sets were defined. Two female interviewers interviewed a total of sixteen female interviewees for each behavior set, using the same verbal style and interview format throughout each one-time interview. The interviewees then filled out the questionnaire which consisted of 160 statements constructed from five categories of issues and four relational phases. The interviewees endorsed each statement along and evaluative, true-false continuum. The interviewees’ responses to the items were grouped according to phase, category, and behavioral set.


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