The effects of social identification, norms and attitudes on use of outreach services by homeless people.

Christian, Julie and Abrams, Dominic (2003) The effects of social identification, norms and attitudes on use of outreach services by homeless people. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 13 (2). pp. 138-157. ISSN 1052-9284 . (Access to this publication is restricted)

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Abstract: The theory of planned behaviour, social identity theory and attitudes toward institutional authority were used to predict the uptake of outreach services over a 3-week period in a prospective study of 126 homeless people in a major UK city. Consistent with previous research, subjective norm was an important predictor, but so were identification with support services and attitudes to authority. The effect of intention on behaviour was moderated by subjective norm, such that intention affected behaviour more when subjective norm was weak. Subjective norm was affected by identification with support services, which in turn, was predicted by identification with homeless people and attitude to authority. It is concluded that the role of social identity and social norms is of central importance in understanding uptake of outreach services among homeless people.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: homelessness; social identity; social norms; outreach services
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Ros Beeching
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2008 05:47
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2014 08:25
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4175 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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