Social identification dimensions as mediators of the effect of prototypicality on intergroup behaviours

Obst, Patricia, White, Katherine, Mavor, Kenneth, & Baker, Rosland (2011) Social identification dimensions as mediators of the effect of prototypicality on intergroup behaviours. Psychology, 2(5), pp. 426-432.

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Cameron (2004) proposed a three-dimensional model and measure of social identification consisting of cognitive centrality, in-group affect, and in-group ties. This approach has received growing theoretical and empirical support; however, little research has examined how these dimensions of social identification may relate differentially to intergroup outcome behaviors. The current research sought to address this question by examining the possible mediating role the dimensions of social identification on the relationship between prototypicality of group members and the intergroup outcome behaviors of in-group favoritism, out-group derogation, and collective self-esteem. The current study examined university students’ (N = 235) feelings towards students from their own and another local university. Structural equation modeling was used to identify the most appropriate and parsimonious models of these pathways. The results showed support for the utility of measuring social identification using a multidimensional approach with unique meditational pathways emerging for the distinct intergroup behaviors.

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ID Code: 52321
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Social Identification, Prototypicality, Intergroup Outcomes
DOI: 10.4236/psych.2011.25066
ISSN: 2152-7180
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Scientific Research Publishing, Inc.
Deposited On: 19 Jul 2012 06:29
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 23:52

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