ERIC Number: ED245103
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr-23
Reference Count: 0
The Non-Resistance of Adults to Change.
The first objective of a small exploratory study was to explore the speculation that adults do not resist change, but what they do resist are expected losses that may arise in association with the change. The second objective was to acquire some preliminary findings about the types of losses that adults may expect when facing change. Thirty structured interviews were conducted with 18 females and 12 males, ranging in age from the late teens to the fifties. Respondents were questioned about an instance when he/she was requested, advised, told, or demanded to do something differently and did not do so. None of the 30 respondents were judged as identifying the change requested of them as the target of their resistance. Instead, each was judged as identifying an element within the events and issues expected by the respondent if they had engaged in the requested change. All expected losses fell within the personal and social categories. (Appendixes, comprising three-fourths of the document, include protocols of the interviews and the questionnaire.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Loss; Resistance (Psychology)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 1984).