Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Psychosocial factors that bind adults in a long-term, spontaneous group process: A grounded theory inquiry
by Witten, Dona J., Ph.D., Union Institute and University, 2009, 413; 3353415
Abstract (Summary)

This study used the grounded theory qualitative methodology to identify the psychosocial factors binding adults in a long-term voluntary social group. Consistent with the social constructionist perspective adopted for this study, data were collected from the stories that the group members voluntarily recalled about their relationships. Narrative analysis was conducted to identify themes common to the data. The study identified 12 psychosocial factors contributing to the long-term harmonious social relationships of the group members. Together these 12 psychosocial factors were associated with a secure attachment pattern among group members. This study extrapolated from the research data a general theory of organizational relationship patterns that posits four primary categories of organizational attachment: secure, avoidant, anxious, and fearful. Further, this study adopted the social constructionism perspective and posited that the organizational relationship patterns identified by this study are a social construct that exist independent from and antecedent to individual dyadic relationships.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ryan, Lawrence J.
School: Union Institute and University
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: DAI-B 70/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Occupational psychology, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Attachment theory, Grounded theory, Group dynamics, Organization relationship theory, Organizational behavior, Psychosocial, Social constructionism, Spontaneous group process
Publication Number: 3353415
ISBN: 9781109109214
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