We explore the relation of deferred sorority recruitment and early membership to variables such as self-esteem, depressive and anxious symptoms, social support, and personality characteristics. Survey data were collected at four time points from 171 freshman women. Successful participants reported the highest levels of social support and wellbeing prior to recruitment. The recruitment process itself had negative effects on social support and mood, with all participants reporting an increase in anxiety during recruitment. The first few months of sorority membership did improve feelings of belonging, but this improvement was largely accessed by women who were already socially successful.
Kase, Colleen; Rivera, Natasha; and Hunt, Melissa G. Ph.D.
"The Effects of Sorority Recruitment on Psychological Wellbeing and Social Support,"
Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors: Vol. 11:
1, Article 3.
Available at: https://scholarworks.wm.edu/oracle/vol11/iss1/3