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This study uses narrative data from participating group members to identify retrospective accounts of why groups succeed or fail. Analysis of stories describing task group success and failure revealed seven general categories of themes that people in the American culture believe influence group...
The use of focus groups for social work research has increased dramatically in recent years. The strengths of group process can be used in an innovative way—as a technique to improve rigor in qualitative data analysis. This article details the research process and the innovative data analysis...
Participation often affects group processes and decision making. Members who are considered to be more useful participators often speak more frequently and are more influential than other participants. Consequently, it is important to identify the mechanisms that affect judgments of...
Most social dilemma studies of communication’s effects on cooperation are based on laboratory results with trivial incentives. Studies of real-life social dilemmas with nontrivial rewards are needed to extend the generality of laboratory results. Perceptions of cooperation on a group product...
A Small Group Socialization Scale (SGSS) was developed and tested for reliability and validity. In Study 1, scale items were developed by reviewing research as well as asking group members for open-ended responses regarding fitting in, comfort, certainty, and satisfaction with recent group...
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships between age diversity, racial diversity, and team performance in two settings with very different requirements for member interaction. Basketball and baseball were chosen as examples of activities requiring high interdependence and low...
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