Role Transitions in Small Groups

  • Richard L. Moreland
  • John M. Levine
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 23)


Very little attention has been given to role transitions in small groups. Many important role transitions are related to “group socialization” or the affective, cognitive, and behavioral alterations that groups and individuals produce in one another from the beginning to the end of their relationship. Recently, we have developed a model of group socialization that seeks to describe and explain the passage of individuals through groups. Our model is meant to apply primarily (but not exclusively) to small, autonomous, voluntary groups whose members interact on a regular basis, have affective ties with one another, share a common frame of reference, and are behaviorally interdependent. A detailed description of the model and some of its implications for social influence can be found elsewhere (Levine & Moreland, in press; Moreland & Levine, 1982).


Decision Criterion Acceptance Criterion Role Transition Adjustment Problem Full Member 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard L. Moreland
    • 1
  • John M. Levine
    • 1
  1. 1.University of PittsburghUSA

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