Uncertainty, entitativity, and group identification

Hogg, Michael A., Sherman, David K., Dierselhuis, Joel, Maitner, Angela T. and Moffitt, Graham (2007) Uncertainty, entitativity, and group identification. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 43 1: 135-142. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2005.12.008

Author Hogg, Michael A.
Sherman, David K.
Dierselhuis, Joel
Maitner, Angela T.
Moffitt, Graham
Title Uncertainty, entitativity, and group identification
Journal name Journal of Experimental Social Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-1031
Publication date 2007-01
Year available 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jesp.2005.12.008
Volume 43
Issue 1
Start page 135
End page 142
Total pages 8
Place of publication San Diego, C.A. U.S.A.
Publisher Academic Press Inc Elsevier Science
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject C1
170113 Social and Community Psychology
Abstract Two studies examined the effects of self-uncertainty and ingroup entitativity on group identification. From uncertainty reduction theory (Hogg, 2000), it was hypothesized that people would identify most strongly with their group if they felt self-conceptually uncertain and the group was highly entitative. Study 1 was a field experiment (N = 114) in which the perceived entitativity of participants' political party was measured, and self-uncertainty was primed (high vs. low). Study 2 was a laboratory experiment (N = 89) with ad hoc non-interactive groups. Uncertainty was primed as in Study 1, but perceived entitativity was manipulated. In both cases the dependent variable was a multi-item measure of group identification. The hypothesis was fully supported in both studies-participants identified more strongly when they were uncertain and the group was highly entitative. Implications of this research for the role of uncertainty and social identity in extremism, orthodoxy, and ideological belief systems are discussed. (c) 2006 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Keyword Psychology, Social
social identity
uncertainty reduction
intergroup behavior
Intergroup Discrimination
Leader Stereotypicality
Subjective Uncertainty
Ingroup Identification
Differentiation Needs
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Additional Notes Available online 15 February 2006

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