Ingroup identification moderates stereotype change in reaction to ingroup deviance

Hutchison, Paul and Abrams, Dominic (2003) Ingroup identification moderates stereotype change in reaction to ingroup deviance. European Journal of Social Psychology, 33 (4). pp. 497-506. ISSN 0046-2772 . (Access to this publication is restricted)

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Abstract

An experiment (N=98) investigated the moderating effect of ingroup identification on reactions to deviant ingroup members. We measured psychology students’ level of identification with the group ‘psychologists’ and presented them with information about either a normative or deviant psychologist. Participants completed an ingroup stereotype measure either before or after reading about and evaluating the target psychologist. High identifiers expressed a more positive stereotype of the ingroup after, compared to before, reading about a deviant ingroup member. High identifiers also expressed a more positive stereotype of the ingroup after reading about a deviant than after reading about a normative ingroup member. By contrast, low identifiers’ stereotype judgements were relatively unaffected by the target information. The target evaluation ratings indicate that high identifiers were more positive than low identifiers towards the normative ingroup member, but were more negative than low identifiers towards the deviant. The results point to the greater motivational demands on high identifiers to maintain a positive image of the group.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: ingroup identification, stereotype change, ingroup deviance
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: C.A. Simms
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2008 16:43
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2014 08:22
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4339 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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