ERIC Number: ED080920
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-May
Reference Count: 0
Reaction to Attitudinal Deviance: Impact of Deviate's Net Agreement and Direction of Change.
Harris, Hobart; And Others
A review of the literature and research on group reactions to attitudinal deviance precedes the present study in which group members confronted an individual who always agreed, always disagreed, agreed then disagreed, or disagreed then agreed with modal group opinion. In addition to evaluations of the target individual, dependent measures also included attributions of the motives underlying his stability or change and direction and magnitude of the subject's own opinion change. Results suggest that as long as an individual's final responses agree with modal group opinion, he is evaluated significantly more favorably than a consistent opinion correctness, desire to demonstrate assertiveness, and desire to see self as similar to attractive others. Agreement is attributed more to desire to be liked and desire to see self as similar to attractive others. (Author/LAA)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. Dept. of Psychology.
Note: Paper presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Meeting, 3-5 May 1973, Washington, D. C.