ERIC Number: ED178997
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
An Investigation of Sex Roles, Dimensions of Interpersonal Attraction and Communication Behavior In a Small Group Communication Exercise.
McDowell, Earl E.; McDowell, Carlene E.
Biological sex, social area, task area, and psychological sex were used as independent variables when 72 high school students in speech communication classes rated themselves and other members of small discussion groups. The results for males, females, and composite groups revealed that psychological sex was a more significant discriminating variable than biological sex for dimensions of interpersonal attraction, communication behavior variables, and determining who contributed more to the communication task climate. Participants who indicated that they contributed more to the social climate made more social-emotional positive comments. Similarly, participants who indicated that they contributed more to the task made more task-asking and task-giving comments. Other results showed that androgynous subjects were rated higher on task attraction, contributed more to the discussions, and gave more task-giving, task-asking, and social-emotional positive comments. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (65th, San Antonio, TX, November 10-13, 1979)