From fault line to group fission: Understanding transformations in small groups.

Hart, C.M. and Van Vugt, M. (2006) From fault line to group fission: Understanding transformations in small groups. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32 (3). pp. 392-404. ISSN 0146-1672 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Group fissions occur when two or more members leave a parent group to either form a new group or join an existing group. This article investigates the interplay between two factors: the presence Of an intragroup conflict and subgroup boundaries on the group fission process. It is hypothesized that subgroup divisions act as potential fault lines along which groups split after they experience conflict. The results of three experiments, one scenario study and two laboratory studies involving small task groups, support the group fault line hypothesis. The authors discuss the implications of these findings for theory and research on membership changes in small groups.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Ros Beeching
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2008 11:58
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2010 14:15
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4326 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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