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Managing attitudes toward high achievers: The influence of group discussion

Carr, Stuart C., Purcell, Ian P., Bolitho, Floyd H., Moss, Nathan D., & Brew, Susan E. (1999) Managing attitudes toward high achievers: The influence of group discussion. Asian Journal of Social Psychology, 2(2), pp. 237-244.

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Abstract

For a variety of cultural, contextual, and interpersonal reasons, individual achievement often meets with potentially demotivating resistance from the group. In groups of between three and seven members, 397 psychology and social work students, in East and Northern Australian cities (Newcastle and Darwin), indicated their attitudes toward high achievers before, during, and after a group consensus task. In each location, and at both individual and group levels of analysis, initially slightly pro-achiever attitudes, following discussion of the issues, became polarized. Such changes, across diverse settings and groups, indicate that group discussion may be a robust tool, both for empowering teams and encouraging support for individual initiative.

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ID Code: 7761
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: For more information or for a copy of this article see the publisher URL above or contact the author @ nd.moss@qut.edu.au
Keywords: Motivation, Attitudes, Discussion
DOI: 10.1111/1467-839X.00037
ISSN: 1367-2223
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1999 Blackwell Publishing
Deposited On: 18 May 2007
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2009 17:32

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