ERIC Number: ED225069
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Social Loafing in the United States and China.
Gabrenya, William K., Jr.; And Others
Research conducted in the United States has found that people exert more effort when they perform a task individually than when they do so in a group. This phenomenon has been labeled social loafing. To examine the transcultural generality of social loafing, 20 male and 20 female Chinese school children in Taiwan were selected from grades 2, 3, 6, and 9. They were asked to shout and clap their hands as loudly as possible alone and in pairs. Measures of sound production revealed social loafing in all but third grade males, suggesting, in light of other cross-cultural findings, that social loafing may be a transcultural phenomenon. Future research using other kinds of group task situations may find exceptions to this transcultural generality in some cultures. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Social Loafing; Taiwan
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (90th, Washington, DC, August 23-27, 1982).