Protecting threatened identity: Sticking with the group by emphasizing ingroup heterogeneity

Huchison, Paul, Jetten, Jolanda, Christian, Julie and Haycraft, Emma (2006) Protecting threatened identity: Sticking with the group by emphasizing ingroup heterogeneity. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32 12: 1620-1632. doi:10.1177/0146167206292235


Author Huchison, Paul
Jetten, Jolanda
Christian, Julie
Haycraft, Emma
Title Protecting threatened identity: Sticking with the group by emphasizing ingroup heterogeneity
Journal name Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0146-1672
1552-7433
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0146167206292235
Volume 32
Issue 12
Start page 1620
End page 1632
Total pages 13
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract In two studies (Ns=163, 164), the authors tested the prediction that perceptions of group variability can steer and guide the way that loyalty is expressed in times of identity threat. In both studies, participants were classified as lower or higher identifiers on the basis of their scores on a group identification measure, and manipulations involved group variability perceptions (homogeneous ingroup vs. heterogeneous ingroup) and threat to the ingroup. Higher identifiers presented with a homogeneous ingroup perceived more ingroup homogeneity under threat than when there was no threat. In contrast, higher identifiers who perceived the ingroup initially as heterogeneous perceived more ingroup heterogeneity under threat than in no threat conditions. Lower identifiers perceived more ingroup heterogeneity under threat (vs. no threat) irrespective of manipulated group variability perceptions. Discussion focuses on different ways that group loyalty can be expressed in times of identity threat.
Keyword Group variability
Stereotypes
Social identity
Group identification
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Psychology Publications
 
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