Theoretical and Experimental Distinctions between Privacy and Crowding.
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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After reviewing the definitions and theoretical issues in the areas of privacy and crowding, the conceptual differences between the two constructs were identified. Based upon these differences, crowding was viewed as a response to physical limitations while privacy appeared more directly related to the amount of information one exchanges with others. Using questionnaire responses of 505 U.S. Navy enlisted men, zero-order correlation coefficients were computed to assess the relationship between privacy and indices of information exchange. Part correlations also were calculated to reevaluate the association after the effects of crowding were removed from the privacy measure. Results of these analyses as well as those reported elsewhere were consistent with the hypothesized distinction between privacy and crowding. Author
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