On Coffee Talk and Break-Room Chatter: Perceptions of Women Who Gossip in the Workplace
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Citation of Original PublicationFarley, S. D., Timme, D. R., & Hart, J. W. (January 01, 2010). On coffee talk and break-room chatter: perceptions of women who gossip in the workplace. The Journal of Social Psychology, 150, 4.)
The present study examined perceptions of female gossipers in the workplace. Male and female participants (N=129) were asked to think of a woman who either frequently or rarely contributed negative information about other people during conversation. Participants then completed ratings on the target using the six dimensions of the FIRO-B. As predicted, high gossipers were perceived as having a greater need to exert control of others, but less need for others to control them, than low gossipers. Higher gossipers were also perceived as less emotionally warm than low gossipers. The implications of these findings for gossip research are presented.