Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

John K. Brilhart

Second Advisor

Clemm Kessler III

Third Advisor

Donald D. Manson


Twelve groups of Ss participated in twelve different conditions to assess the relationship of concurrence to the sex of the speaker, sex of the listener and form of suggesttion used by a speaker. None of these independent variables was significantly related to the number of concurrent and nonconcurrent responses of Ss. However, nonconcurrent responses increased significantly for all groups of Ss with each suggestion in a series of four suggestions. This finding lends support to the theory of psychological reactance (Brehm, 1966).

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