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  • The term refers to three or more individuals who form a collective distinguished by seven properties:

    • Groups have a reason to exist, and individuals join groups to achieve common goals they are unable to achieve alone. Clarity and commitment to collective goals are factors that separate successful from unsuccessful groups.
    • Group members are significantly interdependent, in that what affects one member is likely to affect all members.
    • Group members interact and communicate, verbally and nonverbally, with each other in meaningful ways over time.
    • Relationships within the group are structured by norms (cultural rules regulating interaction and behavior) and social roles (differentiated sets of behaviors, expectations, and obligations defining suitable actions in social situations).
    • Group members perceive themselves as having an identity associated with belonging to the ...

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