Is the Pain Worth the Gain? The Advantages and Liabilities of Agreeing With Socially Distinct Newcomers

  title={Is the Pain Worth the Gain? The Advantages and Liabilities of Agreeing With Socially Distinct Newcomers},
  author={Katherine W. Phillips and Katie A. Liljenquist and Margaret A. Neale},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={336 - 350}
The impact of diversity on group functioning is multifaceted. Exploring the impact of having a newcomer join a group, the authors conducted a 2 (social similarity of newcomer to oldtimers; in-group or out-group) × 3 (opinion agreement: newcomer has no opinion ally, one opinion ally, or two opinion allies) interacting group experiment with four-person groups. Groups with out-group newcomers (i.e., diverse groups) reported less confidence in their performance and perceived their interactions as… 

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