Portland State University. Department of Speech Communication
Larry A. Steward
Date of Award
Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech Communication
1 online resource (97 p.)
Small groups, Self-disclosure
A review of the literature on self-disclosure and small group communication showed that few investigations dealt with the effects of disclosing communication on small group process. The present study was conducted in order to assess the effects of the frequency of self-disclosure within small groups on the members' overall attraction to the group. 120 subjects were selected from the East Hill Church senior high youth department in Gresham, Oregon. Subjects were placed at random into ten small groups with twelve members each which met for one-half hour per week for six consecutive weeks. All group communications were audio tape recorded. Weekly recordings were transcribed and rated for frequency of self disclosure. In addition, a self-report "attraction-to-group" measure was completed by all subjects at the end of each session in order to assess the attraction members felt for their groups each week.
Vredevelt, Pamela Walker, "An investigation of the effects of self-disclosing communication on attraction-to-group in the small group setting" (1982). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 3210.