ERIC Number: ED288128
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr-11
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of Role on Interpersonal Sensitivity: Further Evidence.
Snodgrass, Sara E.; Rosenthal, Robert
Past research has shown that those in a subordinate (learner) role are more sensitive to how their leaders (teachers) feel about them than are leaders sensitive to their followers. This study was conducted to further investigate this phenomenon by assigning subjects to be either a boss or an employee. Subjects (N=120) interacted in pairs. Twenty-four subjects each interacted individually with four other subjects for a total of 96 pairs. The interactions consisted of an interview, an assembly task in which the boss instructed the employee, and a decision-making task. Subjects completed four questionnaires at the end of each task on which they rated their feelings about themselves during the task, their feelings about the other person, how they thought the other person felt about them, and how they thought the other persons felt about themselves. The results showed that subordinates were more sensitive to how their leaders felt about them (the subordinates), and leaders were more sensitive to how their subordinates felt about themselves. These differences are discussed in relation to the role requirements of leader and subordinate. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Skidmore Coll., Saratoga Springs, NY.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association (Arlington, VA, April 9-12, 1987).