ERIC Number: ED195461
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Willingness to Request Help from Others: Effects of Mode of Interaction and Size of Request.
Shapiro, E. Gary
This study investigated the willingness of persons to ask others for help. It examined the effect of modes of interaction (asking for help by letter, phone, or in person) and the size of the request (whether they asked for a small or large favor). The sample consisted of 96 male and female undergraduates in introductory sociology classes. The students were told that the experiment consisted of determining whether a special type of person agrees to help others without receiving anything in return. Participants were instructed to ask other students for help by letter, phone, or in person; for each person from whom they requested help, they could earn 20 cents. Results indicated that the mode of interaction is an important factor in persons' willingness to request help. Participants were most willing to do so by writing, less willing by phone, and least willing in person. Also, the effect of the mode of interaction was related to the size of the request. When the request was small, subjects were as likely to make the request by phone as in writing. When the request was large, subjects were as unwilling to make the request by phone as in person. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Help Seeking
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (New York, NY, August, 1980).