Using consensus as a criterion for groupness: Implications for the cohesion-group succes relationship

Albert V. Carron, Lawrence R. Brawley, Steven R. Bray, Mark A. Eys, Kim D. Dorsch, Paul A. Estabrooks, Craig R. Hall, James Hardy, Heather Hausenblas, Ralph Madison, David M. Paskevich, Michelle M. Patterson, Harry Prapavessis, Kevin S. Spink, Peter C. Terry

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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 = 1,000 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)466-491
Number of pages26
JournalSmall Group Research
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2004

Keywords

  • Consensus
  • Group environment questionnaire
  • Index of agreement
  • Sport teams
  • Task type
  • Team performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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    Carron, A. V., Brawley, L. R., Bray, S. R., Eys, M. A., Dorsch, K. D., Estabrooks, P. A., Hall, C. R., Hardy, J., Hausenblas, H., Madison, R., Paskevich, D. M., Patterson, M. M., Prapavessis, H., Spink, K. S., & Terry, P. C. (2004). Using consensus as a criterion for groupness: Implications for the cohesion-group succes relationship. Small Group Research, 35(4), 466-491. https://doi.org/10.1177/1046496404263923