Accession Number : AD0772631

Title :   Similarity, Self-Esteem and Reactions to Aid in a Simulated Decision Making Task.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : PURDUE UNIV LAFAYETTE IND

Personal Author(s) : Nadler,Arie

Report Date : AUG 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 52

Abstract : The study explored the effects of the overall similarity between donor and recipient of resistance and the recipient's level of self-esteem on his reactions to being helped. A 2 x 2 x 2 factorial between subjects design was employed in which aid-no aid, similar donor-dissimilar donor and high self esteem-low self esteem recipients were the three experimental factors. The effect of these experimental variables on the recipients self-perceptions served as major focus for the present investigation. The experimental task consisted of a stock market computer simulation in which the outcomes were preprogrammed to create a state of financial need for the subjects. Subjects in the aid condition received an unsolicited financial assistance from a fictitious pair-mate. This fictitious other was simulated to be either attitudinally similar or dissimilar to the subject. (Modified author abstract)

Descriptors :   *Human relations, *Attitudes(Psychology), *Behavior, *Test construction(Psychology), Computerized simulation, Analysis of variance, Personality tests, Reaction(Psychology), Perception(Psychology)

Subject Categories : Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE