The impact of collective self-esteem on intergroup evaluation: Self-protection and self-enhancement

Andreopoulou, A. and Houston, D.M. (2002) The impact of collective self-esteem on intergroup evaluation: Self-protection and self-enhancement. Current Research in Social Psychology, 7 (14). pp. 234-256. ISSN 1088-7423. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

The present study examines the impact of personal success or failure feedback on collective self-esteem and bias. The second corollary of the self-esteem hypothesis - that low or threatened self-esteem will motivate intergroup discrimination and Crocker and Luhtanen’s (1990) self-enhancement hypothesis were examined. Collective self-esteem was affected by status, and, contrary to the second corollary of the self-esteem hypothesis, participants with high collective self-esteem were found to show more ingroup bias (c.f. Abrams and Hogg 1988). However, status and self-esteem had interactive effects on evaluations of the ingroup and outgroup. High self-esteem was associated with more positive ingroup evaluations only when the ingroup had high status, whereas low self-esteem was associated with more positive outgroup evaluations only when the ingroup had low status. Results are discussed in terms of Crocker and Luhtanen’s (1990) self-enhancement hypothesis.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Ros Beeching
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2008 20:26
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2010 14:14
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4129 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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