DIFFERENTIAL EFFECTS OF GROUP COHESIVENESS TYPES: A CLARIFYING OVERVIEW

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Abstract:

Group cohesiveness is one of the processes focused upon by the extensive research in the investigation of characteristics of the small group. However, the research literature generally deals with socio-emotional cohesiveness, namely, that based on personal attraction between the individuals. Nevertheless, there are also studies which question this single-structure (one structural) type approach to cohesiveness.

The present article presents a differentiation between two types of cohesiveness according to the factors of its formation and preservation - cohesiveness on a socio-emotional basis and cohesiveness on an instrumental basis.

In addition, a further contribution has been made in this regard through discussion of possible distinct implications associated with each type of cohesiveness in three major areas of small group research: (1) Interpersonal communication; (2) processes of social influence; (3) group performance.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1982.10.2.227

Publication date: January 1, 1982

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