Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Salma Ghanem

Second Advisor

Dr. Jeffrey McQuillen

Third Advisor

Dr. George McLemore


This study examines the affects of self-imposed silence on perceived listening effectiveness. The subjects used in this study were 15 males and 17 females from the McAllen area (n = 32). These subjects were nonsystematically approached at the Lark Community Center/Library to solicit participation in the study. Four tests were performed to test the possible affects that 12 hours of self-imposed silence may have on listening. The independent t-test used to analyze differences in posttest scores between the treatment group and the control group revealed that no significant difference was found. The independent t-test used to analyze differences in pretest scores revealed that both group's scores were initially equal. Paired t-tests were used to compare differences in pretest and posttest scores on the Listening Styles Inventory for the treatment group and then again for the control group. No significant difference was found in either paired t-test.


Copyright 2005 Cynthia Marroquin-Baldwin. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American

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Communication Commons