Journal of Nonverbal Behavior

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 187–194 | Cite as

Three levels of measurement of social skill and social anxiety

  • Peter M. Monti
  • David J. Kolko
  • Allan L. Fingeret
  • William R. Zwick


This study investigates the development and assessment of micro-level behavioral measures of social anxiety and social skill and compares these measures to both midi and global level assessments as well as to a measure of physiological arousal. All behavioral ratings were made on similar Likert scales, thus potentially enhancing their clinical utility. Intraclass correlations exceeded .80 for the judges' ratings. Results of correlational analyses indicate several significant correlates of global anxiety ratings and of physiological arousal. Constituent micro-level behaviors were correlated with five of nine midi-level behaviors. Correlation between any midi-level behavior and its highest correlated constituent micro-level behavior was similar to the multiple correlation between the midi-level behavior and all its constituent behaviors. Implications for the clinical utility of the different levels of measurement studies were discussed.


Correlational Analysis Social Psychology Likert Scale Intraclass Correlation Social Skill 
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© Human Sciences Press 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter M. Monti
    • 1
  • David J. Kolko
  • Allan L. Fingeret
  • William R. Zwick
  1. 1.Brown University/Providence VA Medical CenterProvidence

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