Who is Harold Harding Kelley?June 25, 2021
Harold Harding Kelley, a psychology professor at the forerunners of social psychology, was born in 1921 in Idaho.
He received his undergraduate education from the University of California in 1942-43. He performed his military service in the US Air Force Aviation Psychology Program and analyzed the behavior of aircrew.
He began his career as an assistant professor at Yale University in 1950 and published Communication and Persuasion (1953) with Carl Hovland and Irving Janis. He later worked as a professor in the Social Relations Research Laboratory at the University of Minnesota.
Harold Kelley wrote a major chapter on the group problem-solving process for The Handbook of Social Psychology (1954). Updated in 1968, this chapter became an important resource in the field and was published as a separate volume, Social Psychology of Groups. Published in 1959, the work became one of the most influential works in social psychology. Kelley referred to a comprehensive and systematic theory in his work, a nature that others might view as mundane but collective. Among them, he mentioned a large number of interpersonal and intergroup phenomena. A second volume, Interpersonal Relationships: The Theory of Addiction, was published in 1978 as a detailed and expanded version of the original analysis.
Kelley pioneered important innovations in many other areas. His research into the processes and behaviors that he has proven causally used by many social psychologists. With their conceptualizations and possible “real-life” applications of interdependence theory and attribution theory, Kelley examined the interactions of young couples in adjustment and conflict. This work led him to elaborate on both intimacy and dependency theories, and culminated in his important work Personal Relationships (1979). In his later work, attraction, love, attachment, power and conflict in relationships, etc., were ignored in social psychology. focused on issues.
After retiring, Kelley embarked on an ambitious project bringing together leading researchers in this new field: The creation of a taxonomy of prototypical social situations abstractly derived from theoretically independent patterns of dependency. This 6-year project resulted in the Atlas of Interpersonal Events (2003).
Kelley’s scientific contributions have received numerous awards from the American Psychological Association (Distinguished Scientist Award), the American Sociological Association (Cooley-Mead Award), the Experimental Social Psychological Association, and the Association for the Psychological Study of Social Problems.
Harold Kelley, a cancer patient, died in 2003 at his home in California.
Prepared by: Sociologist Ömer YILDIRIM
Source: Omer YILDIRIM’s Personal Lecture Notes. Atatürk University Sociology Department 1st Year “Introduction to Philosophy” and 2nd, 3rd, 4th Grade “History of Philosophy” Lecture Notes (Ömer YILDIRIM); Open Education Philosophy Textbook