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An experiment was conducted to investigate variables which affect a communicator's attribution of freedom to a communicatee. A communicator delivered a communication to a communicatee who reacted either favorably or unfavorably. Further, the communicator expected to have to deliver a subsequent communication either to the same communicatee or to a different communicatee. As predicted, greater freedom was attributed to the communicatee (1) when the reaction to the communication was favorable than when it was unfavorable, and (2) when a subsequent communication was to be directed toward the same communicatee than when it was to be directed toward a different communicatee. These findings were discussed in terms of a person's need for compliance and the role of the attribution of freedom in serving this need. The study also provided evidence about the relationship between the attribution of freedom and liking.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 1975-01-01

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