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Intragroup Competition, Equity, and Interpersonal Attraction
C. Roger Rees and Mady Wechsler Segal
Social Psychology Quarterly
Vol. 47, No. 4 (Dec., 1984), pp. 328-336
Published by: American Sociological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3033635
Page Count: 9
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Predictions are made about group members' perceptions of intragroup competition and the effect of this competition upon interpersonal attraction. Members of two college football teams (N=59 for Team I and 42 for Team 2) completed a questionnaire prior to the start of the season. Results show that respondents tend to perceive as competitors players of their own position whose playing performance is better than theirs. Furthermore, they tend to like and respect these competitors more than noncompetitors, even when status on the team is controlled. The generally high levels of perceived equity seem to be mitigating the potential negative effects of competition on attraction. On the team that has the higher rate of perceived inequity in the assignment of higher status to competitors, such competitors receive lower attraction ratings than equitably assigned higher-status competitors.
Social Psychology Quarterly © 1984 American Sociological Association