INTERPERSONAL INFLUENCE PROCESSES IN NAVY PORT CALLS
HUMAN SCIENCES RESEARCH INC MCLEAN VA
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This report analyzes the problems and possibilities inherent in increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries through individual and small-group contacts during visits by Navy ships to foreign ports. Consideration is given to the Navys capability for making a significant contribution to U. S. relations with other countries through the large number of visits per year afforded by port calls, where American servicemen meet foreign nationals in many walks of life. Two Navy programs specifically oriented in this direction are outlined. These are the People-to-People Program and Project Handclasp. The port call, which makes implementation of these programs possible, is also described. Subsequent to an analysis of the nature of these operations, problems encountered in determining the effectiveness and direction of the process are delineated, and relevant research areas are identified. These involve the analysis of direct effects of informal visits on recipient social units, and examination of the phenomena of diffusion of informational and affective states. Recommendations were made for research on the effects of frequency and context.
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