|chronic aspects of group life, and a study of the more realistic multidimensional prototypes that underlie depersonalization in nonlaboratory settings.|
|2.||The conceptual distinction of interpersonal from group processes that is a central feature of social identity theory can sometimes be difficult to measure or operationalize in small groups. In such groups, interpersonal relationships and group solidarity often co-occur. Better methods are needed to distinguish empirically between interpersonal and group processes in small groups.|
|3.||Social identity perspectives focus on intergroup differentiation and intragroup homogenization, and do not fully address theoretically or empirically intragroup differentiation (e.g., into roles). Intragroup differentiation is a prevalent characteristic of groups, and one that has traditionally been a major focus of group research. For social identity theory to address small groups more fully, the study of intragroup differentiation (and intragroup structure) is an important direction.|
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