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Review of DiFonzo & Bordia: Rumor Psychology

Review of DiFonzo & Bordia: Rumor Psychology Nicholas DiFonzo & Prashant Bordia . ( 2007 ). Rumor Psychology: Social and Organizational Approaches . Washington , DC : American Psychological Association ( ISBN: 978‐1‐59147‐426‐5 ; List: $69.95; APA Member: $49.95 ). DiFonzo and Bordia provide an important, updated overview of rumor research in this book. They focus on the role of rumor in organizations, situating a variety of hypotheses and guidelines in the context of historical and contemporary research in psychology. Across 10 chapters that include anecdotes and research data, psychologists and managers will find a useful resource for understanding what are the antecedents and consequences of rumors, why they are spread and by whom, how accurate they are, and how they are best managed. DiFonzo and Bordia begin by distinguishing among three constructs that are often confused: rumor, gossip, and urban legend. The authors contend that distinctions are possible along the lines of when they occur, what information they convey, and what functions they serve. By defining and illustrating each construct, the authors provide a system for improving the construct validity of rumor research. But the system is not perfect, and their criteria are not entirely orthogonal. On the distinction between rumors and gossip, for http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Analyses of Social Issues & Public Policy Wiley

Review of DiFonzo & Bordia: Rumor Psychology

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2007 Wiley Subscription Services, Inc., A Wiley Company
ISSN
1529-7489
eISSN
1530-2415
DOI
10.1111/j.1530-2415.2007.00143.x
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Abstract

Nicholas DiFonzo & Prashant Bordia . ( 2007 ). Rumor Psychology: Social and Organizational Approaches . Washington , DC : American Psychological Association ( ISBN: 978‐1‐59147‐426‐5 ; List: $69.95; APA Member: $49.95 ). DiFonzo and Bordia provide an important, updated overview of rumor research in this book. They focus on the role of rumor in organizations, situating a variety of hypotheses and guidelines in the context of historical and contemporary research in psychology. Across 10 chapters that include anecdotes and research data, psychologists and managers will find a useful resource for understanding what are the antecedents and consequences of rumors, why they are spread and by whom, how accurate they are, and how they are best managed. DiFonzo and Bordia begin by distinguishing among three constructs that are often confused: rumor, gossip, and urban legend. The authors contend that distinctions are possible along the lines of when they occur, what information they convey, and what functions they serve. By defining and illustrating each construct, the authors provide a system for improving the construct validity of rumor research. But the system is not perfect, and their criteria are not entirely orthogonal. On the distinction between rumors and gossip, for

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Analyses of Social Issues & Public PolicyWiley

Published: Dec 1, 2007

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