Social Relations and Morale in Small Groups

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CHAPTER VIII
Operational Use of New Social-Relations Scales Based on "Outside" Reference Populations

How should the new scales be used? Let us consider the first scale as it has been developed for Respondent A of Beta Fraternity. Respondent A has been requested to think of "all males" he has ever known, to select a "most preferred" and a "least preferred" companion for a social situation previously judged to reflect need-affiliation, and to bisect this continuum into four psychologically equal line segments by the selection of three additional men according to instructions. He now has a scale against which he can compare the relative attractiveness of his fraternity brothers as companions in the need-affiliation situation. This scale is a psychological continuum for Respondent A with five well defined anchoring points:

There are several possible ways we could ask Respondent A to use this scale for evaluating his brothers in Beta Fraternity. Let us consider some of the more obvious ones.

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