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Then A Miracle OccursFocusing on Behavior in Social Psychological Theory and Research$
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Christopher R. Agnew, Donal E. Carlston, William G. Graziano, and Janice R. Kelly

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195377798

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377798.001.0001

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Behavioral Assessment Practices Among Social Psychologists Who Study Small Groups

Behavioral Assessment Practices Among Social Psychologists Who Study Small Groups

(p.28) 3 Behavioral Assessment Practices Among Social Psychologists Who Study Small Groups
Then A Miracle Occurs

Richard L. Moreland

Joshua D. Fetterman

Jeffrey J. Flagg

Kristina L. Swanenburg

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, the authors describe results from their analyses of published research on small groups, focusing on trends in behavioral assessment among small group researchers over the past 30 years. Behavioral assessment was found to have become less popular over time among group researchers. The authors also investigate whether levels of behavioral assessment varied significantly by journal or by group phenomenon. Three explanations are offered as to why social psychologists who study groups have moved away from assessing behavior: (a) the growing influence of European approaches to studying groups, especially work involving social identity and self-categorization; (b) the growing influence of social cognition approaches to studying groups; and (c) an increasing pressure on authors to produce journal articles containing multiple studies.

Keywords:   behavior, behavioral assessment, self-categorization, small groups, social identity, social psychology

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