Talkaholic Scale

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Talkaholic Scale

Author of Tool:

McCroskey, J. C., & Richmond, V. P.

Primary use / Purpose:

The talkaholic scale is a measure of compulsive communication.


Some people are driven to talk. They are highly verbal people and have great difficulty (and often little desire) being quiet in the presence of other people. While these individuals are “high talkers” or “talkaholics,” they usually are not the people that others refer to as one who “talks too much.” The term “talks too much” usually is applied to people who are saying things another person doesn’t want them to say, or they are ineffective communicators. While the term appears to be a quantitative description, it actually is a qualitative reference. Considerable research had determined that the more a person talks (in most cases, unless the person is an incompetent communicator or saying things that are offensive to others) the more positively that person is evaluated by others. They are more likely to be seen as a leader, as being more competent, and more positively on a variety of other person perception variables. The Talkaholic Scale is a measure of compulsive communication. People with scores above 40 on the scale are compulsive communicators or talkaholics.


The Talkaholic Scale includes ten scored items and six filler items designed to balance the polarity of items in the actual scale. Alpha reliability for the 10-item scale was .92.

Key references:

  • McCroskey, J. C., & Richmond, V. P. (1993). Identifying compulsive communicators: The talkaholic scale. Communication Research Reports, 11, 39-52.
  • McCroskey, J. C., & Richmond, V. P. (1995). Correlates of compulsive communication: Quantitative and qualitative characteristics. Communication Quarterly, 43, 39-52.


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