When the going gets tough, the tough get going: Social identification and individual effort in intergroup competition

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Abstract

Based on social identity theory, the authors predicted that in ongoing intergroup competition, people's strength of social identification will have a positive impact on their behavioral efforts on behalf of an ingroup when its current status is low, whereas this will not be the case when its current status is high. In a first experiment, male participants showed the expected pattern of behavior. Female participants, however, tended to display opposite reactions. As a possible explanation, it was argued that the experimental procedure may have inadvertently evoked a gender-based stereotype threat for female participants. In an attempt to obtain more consistent support for their hypothesis, the authors therefore replicated the experiment with modifications to avoid such a threat. These changes proved to be effective in the sense that this time the predicted interaction effect between ingroup identification and current group status was obtained for both male and female participants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1550-1559
Number of pages10
JournalPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Volume26
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2000

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