Accession Number:

AD0405566

Title:

THE INCENTIVE VALUE OF SOCIAL APPROVAL AND BEHAVIOR IN SMALL GROUPS

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

MIAMI UNIV CORAL GABLES FL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1963-04-01

Pagination or Media Count:

14.0

Abstract:

In order to explore the relationship between approval-seeking motivation and individual patterns of behavior in small groups, a measure of the incentive value of interpersonal approval and disapproval for an individual was correlated with observations of behavior in four-man discussion groups. Interaction Process Analysis was employed in categorizing observed behavior as A positive social-emotional acts, B information giving, C information-seeking, or D negative social-emotional acts. Approval-seeking motivation was found to be unrelated to either category of social-emotional maintenance function behavior, but was correlated negatively with information-giving and positively with information-seeking for females, though not for males. For females, approval-seeking motivation was correlated negatively with an index of tendency to be active and directing, as opposed to passive and submissive, in task-related activity.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE