Faculty Publications

Title

Clustering of worry appraisals among college students

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Appraisals, social networks, social norms, worry

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Social Psychology

Volume

156

Issue

4

First Page

413

Last Page

421

Abstract

ABSTRACT: The present study investigated the potential clustering of worry appraisals within college social networks. Participants living in campus residence buildings responded to online surveys across the course of several months. Worry appraisals were measured 10 weeks into the fall semester and again approximately 6 months later. Analysis of sociometric data suggests that the majority of participants’ social interactions occurred within their respective residence building floors, indicating that proximity strongly influenced the development of social network ties and sources of social influence. Further, significant clustering of worry appraisals occurred across time, and more importantly, within residence building floors. The present findings compliment previous work suggesting that several physical and psychological states appear to spread and cluster within social networks. Implications for the study of emotional appraisals and future research are discussed.

Original Publication Date

7-3-2016

DOI of published version

10.1080/00224545.2015.1115387

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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