Title

Fraternity and sorority member perceptions of homophily, supportive communication, and group behavior as a function of control expectancies

Semester

Summer

Date of Graduation

2003

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Type

MA

College

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Communication Studies

Committee Chair

Theodore A. Avtgis.

Committee Co-Chair

Matthew M. Martin

Committee Member

Melanie Booth-Butterfield

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of control expectancies on fraternity and sorority member's perceptions of their group. Based on a review of the literature pertinent to this investigation nine hypotheses were forwarded. Generally speaking, the hypotheses suggest that fraternity and sorority members perceptions will differ based on their control expectancies. One hundred ninety-five fraternity and sorority members completed a questionnaire that included the Three Factor Locus of Control Scale (Levenson, 1973), the Perceived Homophily Measure (McCroskey et al., 1975), the Quality of Relationship Inventory (Pierce et al., 1991), dimensions of the Group Behavior Inventory (Friedlander, 1966) and the Leader-Member Exchange Measure (Graen & Cashman, 1975). Results of a Multivariate Analysis of Variance failed to support the forwarded hypotheses indicating that fraternity and sorority group members generally do not differ on their perceptions of their group as a function of their control expectancies. Limitations and directions for future research are discussed.

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