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Managing attitudes toward high achievers: The influence of group discussion

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

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Title Managing attitudes toward high achievers: The influence of group discussion
Author Carr, Stuart C.
Purcell, Ian P.
Bolitho, Floyd H.
Moss, N. D.
Brew, S. E.
Journal Name Asian Journal of Social Psychology
Publication Date 1999
Volume Number 2
Issue Number 2
ISSN 1367 2223   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-0033446711
Start Page 237
End Page 244
Total Pages 8
Place of Publication Oxford, UK
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
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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