ERIC Number: ED203413
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
The Impact of Social Style on Person Perception and Attraction across Three Relationship Contexts.
Snavely, William B.; Clatterbuck, Glen W.
A study investigated the relationship between social style and a number of dimensions of person perception and interpersonal attraction. Social style was defined as a two-dimensional construct of assertiveness and responsiveness, which combined to reflect four social styles. Five hypotheses predicted that differences in social style would result in different perceptions of versatility, trust, power, credibility, and attraction. Two scales were used and factor analyzed to determine the best factors, which turned out to be supportiveness, sociability, task, and physical attraction. Based on this information, 400 college students were asked to fill out scales tapping the five factors while making references to a friend, an acquaintance, or a coworker. Factor analyses of the resultant data supported the use of all scales except the sociability dimension of credibility, and all resulting factors achieved acceptable reliability. With type of relationship and social style as independent variables and person perceptions as dependent variables, analyses of variance indicated that social style had a significant impact on all dimensions of person perception and attraction except physical attraction (which was anticipated). (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 (66th, New York, NY, November 13-16, 1980).