Social Relations and Morale in Small Groups

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CHAPTER XX
Ratings of Esprit de Corps Morale Status and Group-Effectiveness Status by "Outside" Judges

Two aspects of morale have been examined in the present study: 1) morale-efficiency or group effectiveness and 2) esprit de corps morale. In the present chapter these aspects, as viewed by groups who would be most likely to know the functioning of the fraternities best, are considered, and relevant data are presented.


Purpose

It was considered desirable to obtain information about the impression various groups of people who deal closely with fraternities have about the morale status of the fraternities studied. It is fully realized that such information may not be related to actual proficiency or may be largely the result of reports and unknown biases of the judges. However, the reputation of people and groups of people, regardless of how obtained or its justification, is important in its own right. Such information becomes more valuable if it is obtained from a variety of groups of individuals who may be in a position to view the activities of the fraternity from differing points of vantage.

After consultation with such people as the president of the Interfraternity Council, fraternity faculty advisor, dean of men, and Syracuse University vice president in charge of

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