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Deviance, self-typicality and group cohesion: The corrosive effects of the bad apples on the barrel


Wellen, JM and Neale, M, Deviance, self-typicality and group cohesion: The corrosive effects of the bad apples on the barrel, Small Group Research, 37, (2) pp. 165-186. ISSN 1046-4964 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/1046496406286420


This study investigated the effect of a single work group deviant on other group members' perceptions of the deviant, and their perceptions of the cohesiveness of the group as a whole. Group members, particularly those high in perceived self-typicality, were expected to downgrade the deviant, and view groups containing a deviant as less cohesive. Undergraduate management students were placed in a simulated organizational context in which deviance was manipulated so that the participant's work group contained either a single negative deviant or no deviant. Results showed that the deviant colleague was judged less favorably than the normative colleague, particularly by those high in perceived self-typicality. Groups that contained a deviant were perceived as having lower levels of task cohesion, but ratings of social cohesion varied depending on perceivers' self-typicality. The findings suggest that as well as attracting negative evaluations, deviant group members can adversely affect group cohesion. © 2006 Sage Publications.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Applied and developmental psychology
Research Field:Industrial and organisational psychology (incl. human factors)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Occupational health
UTAS Author:Wellen, JM (Dr Jackie Wellen)
ID Code:41810
Year Published:2006
Web of Science® Times Cited:32
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2007-04-24

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