Using consensus as a criterion for groupness: implications for the cohesion-group success relationship

Carron, Albert V. and Brawley, Lawrence R. and Bray, Steven R. and Eys, Mark A. and Terry, Peter C. and Dorsch, Kim D. and Estabrooks, Paul A. and Hall, Craig R. and Hardy, James and Hausenblas, Heather and Madison, Ralph and Paskevich, David M. and Prapavessis, Harry and Spink, Kevin S. and Terry, Peter C. (2004) Using consensus as a criterion for groupness: implications for the cohesion-group success relationship. Small Group Research: An International Journal of Theory, Investigation, and Application, 35 (4). pp. 466-491. ISSN 1046-4964

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to examine how the exclusion of teams failing to meet varying statistical criteria for consensus on cohesiveness influences the magnitude of the cohesion-team success relationship. The index of agreement was calculated for 78 teams (n = 1000 athletes) that had completed the Group Environment Questionnaire. Results showed that excluding teams because they fail to satisfy various criteria for consensus leads to changes in the magnitude of the cohesion-team success relationship. The magnitude of the relationship between team success and the Individual attractions to group-task manifestation of cohesion showed progressive decreases as criteria required to demonstrate consensus became more stringent. Conversely, the magnitude of the relationship between team success and the Group integration-task and Group integration-social manifestations of cohesion showed progressive increases as criteria required to demonstrate consensus became more stringent. The results are discussed in terms of their relationship to group dynamics theory and practice.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Depositing User: Prof Peter Terry
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2008 01:24
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: task type; consensus; sport teams; index of agreement; group environment questionnaire; team performance
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 01 Mathematical Sciences > 0104 Statistics > 010406 Stochastic Analysis and Modelling
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1177/1046496404263923
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4393

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