Status as a factor affecting decisions of members of a youth basketball team

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Stephen Joseph Rundio (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Celeste Ulrich

Abstract: It was the purpose this study to examine the influence of teammates of high and low status upon the decisions of fellow members of a basketball team. Status was defined in terms of athletic ability as determined by all of the members of a team. The influence was examined under two conditions, relevant and irrelevant. The relevant condition was defined as being related to basketball. The irrelevant was defined as a non-basketball related condition. It was hypothesized that there would be no difference between the responses made by the subjects to relevant and irrelevant questions after having been made aware of the responses made by high and low status members. It was also hypothesized that there would be no difference between the responses made by the starters and the substitutes. The subjects were 75 boys aged eight to ten years. They were drawn from a basketball league sponsored by the Central YMCA of Greensboro, North Carolina. A league rule required that the five poorest players play together in the entire second quarter. Therefore the responses of the starters and the substitutes were examined to determine if an intragroup influence existed. This was the rationale for the second hypothesis.

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Language: English
Date: 1975
Boys $x Social networks
Basketball teams $x Social aspects

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