Managing attitudes toward high achievers: The influence of group discussion

Stuart C. Carr, Ian P. Purcell, Floyd H. Bolitho, N. D. Moss, S. E. Brew

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)237-244
    Number of pages8
    JournalAsian Journal of Social Psychology
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1999


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