Immunization of a controverted belief through group discussion

Mohammed Y. Quereshi1, Lloyd Strauss1
1Marquette University, United States
Cite this article:  Quereshi, M. Y., & Strauss, L. (1980). Immunization of a controverted belief through group discussion. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 8(2), 229-232.

Volume 8 Issue 2 | e298 | Published: August 1980 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1980.8.2.229

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An extension of McGuire's inoculation theory, from the area of cultural truisms to the realm of controverted beliefs, was investigated by manipulating previous attack as part of a group discussion situation in which actual defense of an issue was considered essential for having an inoculating effect. Results (p < 0.05) favored the main hypothesis when group 1 (requiring defense in response to a written verbal attack) was compared with the control group, but there were no significant differences between group 1 and group 2 (requiring discussion but no defense since there was no verbal attack).
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