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dc.contributor.authorWiegand, Douglas Michaelen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:19:13Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:19:13Z
dc.date.issued2006-11-17en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-11262006-100858en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/29746
dc.description.abstractThis study explored the impact of commitment tactics and individual differences in personality on change-agent participation in a peer-to-peer intervention. The intervention involved approaching bicyclists on campus, discussing the importance of helmet use, and rewarding them with a coupon for a discounted helmet if they signed a promise to wear one. Change-agent volunteers (n = 82) were trained in one of three commitment conditions to explore their relative impact on approaching a set number of bicyclists. Specifically, change-agents were asked to commit to a personal goal of number of targets they would approach in private, in public to a small group of people, or in public to a large group of people. In addition, change-agents completed measures of the "Big Five" personality traits and susceptibility to social influence tactics to explore their potential influence on intervention performance variables. No statistically significant differences were found in goal attainment between the commitment conditions. However, 10% more of the change-agents making a public, group commitment met their goal when compared to those who made an individual, private commitment. No significant relation was found between the Big Five personality traits and the number of bicyclist targets approached. However, the Big Five predicted 19% of the variance in the rate of obtaining signed promise cards from bicyclists. Of the susceptibility to social influence variables, only the Ingratiation score was shown to be useful for predicting change-agent effort, accounting for 18% of the variance in the number of targets approached. The peer-to-peer intervention was not successful in increasing bicycle helmet use on campus. Limitations of the intervention in comparison to a successful helmet program are discussed.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartWiegand_Diss_ETD.pdfen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectChange-agentsen_US
dc.subjectbicyclingen_US
dc.subjectcommitmenten_US
dc.subjectsocial influenceen_US
dc.subjectpersonalityen_US
dc.subjectcommunity psychologyen_US
dc.titleExploring Personality Traits and Susceptibility to Social Influence in Student Change-Agents: Implications for Participation in a Campus-Wide Safety Initiativeen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.departmentPsychologyen_US
dc.description.degreePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePsychologyen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairGeller, E. Scotten_US
dc.contributor.committeememberFinney, Jack W.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberWinett, Richard A.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberDonovan, John J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberCooper, Lee D.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-11262006-100858/en_US
dc.date.sdate2006-11-26en_US
dc.date.rdate2006-12-01
dc.date.adate2006-12-01en_US


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