Social psychologist Don Forsyth comments on Penn State student response

November 14, 2011

Leadership studies professor Donelson R. Forsyth, an expert on group dynamics, comments.

"If they were completely objective, they would say, 'These people did something terrible and I can't support them, I cannot be in their corner,'" says Dr. Don Forsyth, a psychology professor specializing in group dynamics at the University of Richmond. "But they aren't objective."

"To really heal, the students need a leader, a leader who will restore their social identity and stand for Penn State," Forsyth says. "Someone to remind them what their values are and help them get over this humiliation."

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