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Research Methods for Studying Groups and Teams by Marshall Scott Poole, Andrea Hollingshead

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ANALYZING GROUP DATA

Deborah A. Kashy

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Nao Hagiwara

WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY

Human beings are inherently social animals, and most of what we do involves participation in groups. Starting at birth, we are members of families; as we grow, we become members of friendship groups, classrooms, sports teams, to name a few; in adulthood we often become members of new family groups as well as work groups, religious groups, and so on. In each of the groups to which we belong, our behavior is likely to be influenced by other group members. Even young babies show evidence of this interconnectedness. For example, babies who receive consistent warmth and attention from their parents tend to develop into secure adults. In school, children's ...

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