Group Dynamics and the Public Sphere

Group Dynamics

What is group cohesion?

Group cohesion refers to the degree that group members feel identified with and committed to the group. It is a reflection of the closeness and connection of the group as a whole. Cohesive groups have a strong group identity and tightly adhere to group norms. Early social psychologists believed that group cohesion reflected the degree to which individual members like each other. However, later researchers suggested that cohesion reflected the attachment of group members to the idea of the group rather than their attachment to specific group members. How much do group members agree with the goals and values of the group? How strongly do they feel about them?


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