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ERIC Number: ED067800
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 21
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Social Comparison of Ability in Blind Children and Adolescents.
Morin, Stephen F.; Jones, Reginald L.
Forty-five blind, school aged subjects (aged 6-18 years) were questioned to determine the influence of age on the choice of the blind as a reference group for social comparison of abilities. To assess the direction of social comparison behavior, each subject was presented with a replication of three questions (which differed in the degree to which they implicated blindness as a relevant factor in reference group processes) previously asked of early-blinded adults, a questionnaire, and two performance tasks. On the replicated questions, the school aged subjects were significantly more likely to exhibit comparison behavior than the earlier reported adult sample and significantly more likely to choose the blind for comparison purposes on two items than early blinded adults. The younger group (6-11 years) within the school aged sample chose the blind significantly more than the older group (12-18 years) on three items. The authors discussed results in the light of Festinger's theory of social comparison processes. (GW)
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