Recruit Similarity and Interaction as Factors Associated with Informal Social Network Formation: A Pilot Study of Informal Socialization at a Naval Training Facility.
Final rept. 1 Aug-31 Dec 72,
MINNESOTA SYSTEMS RESEARCH INC MINNEAPOLIS
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The report examines some of the social psychological variables which precipitate the formation of informal friendship networks among Navy recruits, as well as other factors which effect the process of socialization into the Navy. The effects of color, physical proximity, social similarity and reasons for enlistment are among the principle variables used to predict the frequency of interaction among recruits during their free time, as well as the effectiveness of training. These factors are examined by the observation and quantification of recruits social behavior, rather than attitude tests, to determine their specific saliency in the formation of informal friendships. Recommendations are offered which suggest how formal organizational procedures may be implemented to alter this process a process which otherwise may lead to group conflict. Author