ERIC Number: EJ913846
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 0
Group Contagion: The Mailbox Melee
Morse, William C.
Reclaiming Children and Youth, v19 n3 p11-13 2010
In a group situation, something goes wrong but no individual feels personal responsibility. This is called the "pie" phenomenon because everybody has a piece of the action, but all believe they are innocent. Each contributes to contagion and chaos but all say, "We didn't do nothing." In this article, the author, a pioneer in work with troubled youth, provides a fascinating example of how the group dynamic of contagion highjacks personal responsibility.
Descriptors: Group Dynamics, Responsibility, Peer Groups, Group Activities, Group Discussion, Antisocial Behavior, Crime, Group Behavior, Peer Influence
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