ERIC Number: ED053434
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Determinants of Idiosyncrasy Credit. Final Report.
Knight, Brent Malcolm
An investigation of a theory of "idiosyncrasy credit" which was developed by Hollander (1958) as a framework for understanding status and conformity, was undertaken in the community college setting. Idiosyncrasy credit represents status and allows for behavior which may exceed the "limits" set by the common expectancies of a group. The specific purpose of this study was to investigate the relationships between idiosyncrasy credit and task competency, external status, recent idiosyncratic behavior, duration of group affiliation, appearance and grooming, speaking ability, and selected personality and demographic variables. The data obtained in this study indicated that there was a strong positive relationship between idiosyncrasy credit and (1) task competency and (2) status external to the group. Such findings concur with Hollander's (1958) theory of idiosyncrasy credit. The relationships between idiosyncrasy credit and (1) idiosyncratic behavior and (2) appearance and grooming were somewhat inconsistent, and it was therefore concluded that such variables may fluctuate according to the situation. A positive relationship between idiosyncrasy credit and speaking ability was found; yet, speaking ability was highly correlated with the items which comprised task competency. (Author/TA)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Western Michigan Univ., Kalamazoo.