1990 Volume 30 Issue 1 Pages 35-40
The present study examined the effect of the recipient's status in a group on the estimation of the self-disclosure motive. It was hypothesized that a member of high status would estimate the self-disclosure motive of new member in a group more normative than one of low status from ingratiation theory (Jones & Wortman, 1973). Subjects were 43 university students. They were divided into groups and manipulated their status in the group. They were instructed to listen to a self-disclosure of a new member of the group on a tape recorder. Then they were asked to estimate the discloser's motives. Results demonstrated that there was a status effect on estimating normative self-disclosure motive. That is, a member of high status estimated the new member's self-disclosure motive more normative than one of low status.