Proportionate group size and rejection of the deviate: A meta-analytic integration

Jasmine Tata*, Tara Anthony, Hung Yu Lin, Barbara Newman, Shu Hua Tang, Murray Millson, K. Sivakumar

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Abstract

A group member voicing an opinion that differs from the modal group opinion may be considered a deviate and rejected by the group. We conducted a meta-analytic integration of 23 studies to examine the influence of proportionate group size on rejection of the deviate. The results suggest a strong tendency for rejection of the deviate to increase as the proportionate size of the deviate's subgroup decreases. These effects are moderated by the deviate's direction of movement (that is, whether the deviate consistently maintains one opinion, or changes opinions). Deviates consistently maintaining an opinion different from the modal group opinion were rejected more as the proportionate size of their subgroup decreased (r = -.23). In contrast, deviates changing opinion by sliding toward the modal group opinion were rejected less as the proportionate size of their subgroup decreased (r = .42).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)739-752
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Social Behavior and Personality
Volume11
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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