Tests of both corollaries of social identity theory's self-esteem hypothesis in a real group setting

Houston, D.M. and Andreopoulou, A. (2003) Tests of both corollaries of social identity theory's self-esteem hypothesis in a real group setting. British Journal of Social Psychology, 42 (3). pp. 357-370. ISSN 0144-6665 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

The present study tests both corollaries of the self-esteem hypothesis from social identity theory derived by Abrams and Hogg (1988). Greek students completed a pre-test collective self-esteem (CSE) measure and then rated Greek students and either American or Turkish students. They then completed a post-test collective self-esteem measure. Inconsistent with Corollary 2, higher prior CSE was associated both with higher in-group ratings and higher out-group ratings, but not with bias. Consistent with Corollary 1, change in CSIE was positively associated with bias, positively associated with in-group ratings and negatively associated with out-group ratings. There were no differences due to type of out-group. The findings are consistent with the idea that, for specific comparisons between real groups, individual differences in self-esteem may affect the zone within which bias occurs rather than the amount of bias. However, achieving increases in self-esteem depends on establishing positive distinctiveness for the in-group in the context of a specific intergroup comparison.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Kate Stokes
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2009 15:17
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2012 10:04
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/20345 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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