This study is designed specifically to test the fear of isolation assumption and to explore its position in the Spiral of Silence model. It has been unclear from the literature whether fear of isolation is antecedent to opinion formation and dominant opinion assessment or an intervening variable between opinion formation and willingness to voice the opinion. Path analyses are used to empirically investigate the relationship of the fear of isolation variable to other variables in the model.
Shoemaker, Pamela J.; Breen, Michael; and Stamper, Marjorie
"Fear of Social Isolation: Testing an Assumption from the Spiral of Silence,"
Irish Communication Review:
1, Article 8.
Available at: http://arrow.dit.ie/icr/vol8/iss1/8