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ERIC Number: ED078288
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Jun
Pages: 96
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A Study of Some Effects of Early Change Agent Behavior on a Group Client System.
Darden, Douglas Wylie
A study was conducted to explore some of the relationships existing between the early behavior of a change agent with a group client system and its subsequent effects on the helping relationship established between them. A review of related literature was made. The model of helping relationship which formed the basis for the design of the study included five key elements: (1) the task around which the relationship develops, (2) the helper with his motives, (3) the receiver of help, (4) climate in which helping activities occur, and (5) feedback. Two hypotheses were tested. Two groups were studied. The first group to undergo training was composed of 10 black women of ages ranging from 25 to 53 years; this was the control group. The second, experimental, group were 13 Black women of similar background. Each group was pretested and posttested, using a communications exercise, a measurement of group members perceptions of the change agent, and a group cohesiveness scale. Based on the results of the tests, it was found that there was a significant difference in the overall perceptions of the participants about the change agent for the time period between the pretest and the first posttest. Other results are given. (CK)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Florida State University