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The Social Psychological Implications of Form of Address

Craig B. Little and Richard J. Gelles
Sociometry
Vol. 38, No. 4 (Dec., 1975), pp. 573-586
DOI: 10.2307/2786369
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2786369
Page Count: 14
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The Social Psychological Implications of Form of Address
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Abstract

The question "How shall I address him?" focuses on the core elements of social psychology: the self, the other, and the situation. This paper deals with forms of address as related to status transformation, with special reference to avoidance of any form of address. Data are presented on the characteristics of faculty to which graduate students respond when selecting a form of address. The findings support the hypothesis that graduate students, as they progress Through the degree program, reflect the discomforts of increasing status ambiguity by showing a greater tendency to avoid using any form of address. A preliminary theoretical form of address model as applied to the process of status transformations is presented.

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