ELEMENTS OF A PRIMARY GROUP

ELEMENTS OF A - Sociological Groups Lecture Sociology 101 ELEMENTS OF A PRIMARY GROUP 1 Primary groups tend to be small and are ordinarily composed

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Sociological Groups - Lecture Sociology 101 ELEMENTS OF A PRIMARY GROUP 1. Primary groups tend to be small and are ordinarily composed of fewer than 15 to 20 individuals. 2. Interaction and communication among members in a primary group tends to be of an intimate and personal nature. 3. Members in aprimary group commonly develop strong emotional bonds with other members. 4. Primary groups generally persist over extensive periods of time. SECONDARY GROUPS The term secondary group has come into use in sociology to describe any group which lacks one or more of the elements that go together to characterize a primary group. In general, a secondary group is composed of individuals who lacks strong emotional ties one another. REFERENCE GROUP A reference group is composed of individuals possesing a set of similar characteristics which are used as standards by other individuals in evaluating their own behavior. Reference groups in many cases are not true groups in that the individuals who make up the refernce group may
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This note was uploaded on 02/10/2012 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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ELEMENTS OF A - Sociological Groups Lecture Sociology 101 ELEMENTS OF A PRIMARY GROUP 1 Primary groups tend to be small and are ordinarily composed

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