ArticleThe Impact of Relational Norms on the Effectiveness of Health and Human Service TeamsAmundson, Susan J. PhD, OTR/L, FAOTAAuthor Information From the Equilibrium, Spokane, WA. Correspondence: Susan J. Amundson, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Equilibrium, 1310 W. 14 Avenue, Spokane, WA 99204 (e-mail: [email protected]). The Health Care Manager: July 2005 - Volume 24 - Issue 3 - p 216-224 Buy Abstract This investigation examined the relationship between relational norms with the perceived effectiveness of an infrequently studied team-the health care and human service team. Twenty health care and human service teams and their team supervisors from 11 medical and social service centers participated. In separate team sessions, 85 health care and human service professionals completed the Group Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire, a team effectiveness scale, and a demographic form. Each team's supervisor also rated the team's performance.Based on a Model of Group Emotional Intelligence (ie, group interaction levels, relational norms), significant correlations were found between group emotional competence and member-perceived team effectiveness. No correlations were found between supervisor-perceived team effectiveness and team group emotional competence. The relational norms of creating an affirmative environment, demonstrating a caring orientation, and building relationships beyond the team predicted member-perceived team effectiveness. This study makes an important contribution to the theory and practice of teams in health care and human service organizations. The results of the study suggest that a positive, caring, and supportive work environment impacts a team's effectiveness within such an organization. © 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.