Robert F. Bales
Robert Freed Bales (March 9, 1916 – June 16, 2004) was an American social psychologist. He specialized in small group interpersonal interaction. He developed the SYMLOG (SYstematic MultiLevel Observation of Groups) method of group observation.
Bales was born in Ellington, Missouri on March 9, 1916. He received a B.A. and M.S. in sociology from the University of Oregon. In 1945 he received a Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University. Bales then became a professor at Harvard.
- Distinguished Career Award of the American Association of Specialists in Group Work (1982)
- Cooley-Mead Award of the American Sociological Association (1983)
- Distinguished Teaching Award of the American Psychological Foundation (1984)
- Hare, Alexander Paul, Edgar F. Borgatta, and Robert Freed Bales. Small groups. Knopf, 1965.
- Bales, Robert Freed. "Personality and interpersonal behavior." (1970).
- Bales, Robert Freed, Stephen P. Cohen, and Stephen A. Williamson. SYMLOG: A system for the multiple level observation of groups. Vol. 67. New York: Free Press, 1979.
- Parsons, Talcott, Robert Freed Bales, and Edward A. Shils. Working papers in the theory of action. Greenwood Press, 1981.
- Bales, Robert Freed. "Social Interaction Systems: Theory and Measurement: Book review." (2000): 199.
- "Robert Freed Bales Obituary". San Diego Union-Tribune. June 22, 2004.
- "Robert Freed Bales : Faculty of Arts and Sciences - Memorial Minute". Harvard University Gazette. November 22, 2005.
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