Attraction to a group as a function of attitude similarity and geographic distance

John M. Davis1
1Southwest Texas State University, United States
Cite this article:  Davis, J. M. (1984). Attraction to a group as a function of attitude similarity and geographic distance. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 12(1), 1-6.

Volume 12 Issue 1 | e421 | Published: February 1984 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1984.12.1.1

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Attraction toward a group was investigated as a function of attitude similarity and perceived geographic distance. Students (n = 60), divided into four groups, received similar or dissimilar attitude statements attributed to a near or distant group. The effects of attitude similarity were strongly significant (p < .0001). Attraction scores were high toward a similar attitude group and low toward a dissimilar attitude group. A similar group was also evaluated more positively on measures of intelligence, knowledge of current events and adjustment. Distance had no significant effect on attraction and limited effect on evaluations.
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