Dissonance Reduction in the Context of Group Membership: The Role of Metaconsistency

McKimmie, Blake M., Terry, Deborah J. and Hogg, Michael A. (2009) Dissonance Reduction in the Context of Group Membership: The Role of Metaconsistency. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 13 2: 103-119. doi:10.1037/a0014554


Author McKimmie, Blake M.
Terry, Deborah J.
Hogg, Michael A.
Title Dissonance Reduction in the Context of Group Membership: The Role of Metaconsistency
Journal name Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1089-2699
Publication date 2009-06
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/a0014554
Volume 13
Issue 2
Start page 103
End page 119
Total pages 17
Editor Craig D. Parks
Place of publication United States
Publisher American Psychological Association
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Abstract Recent work has established that groups can reduce dissonance by providing consonant cognitions, normative support, or an opportunity to diffuse responsibility for counterattitudinal behavior. Adopting a social identity framework, the current research comprised 2 studies examining metaconsistency, which was proposed to underlie these disparate explanations for the effect of social support. In Study 1 (N equals 121), participants performed a counterattitudinal behavior with or without attitude and behavior support. As expected, congruence between the participants' attitude–behavior consistency and another's attitude–behavior consistency reduced attitude change. Study 2 (N equals 69) replicated the results of Study 1; in addition, metaconsistency influenced participants' perceptions of their own attitude–behavior consistency. The implications of metaconsistency for other contemporary perspectives of dissonance theory are discussed.
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Recent work has established that groups can reduce dissonance by providing consonant cognitions, normative support, or an opportunity to diffuse responsibility for counterattitudinal behavior. Adopting a social identity framework, the current research comprised 2 studies examining metaconsistency, which was proposed to underlie these disparate explanations for the effect of social support. In Study 1 (N = 121), participants performed a counterattitudinal behavior with or without attitude and behavior support. As expected, congruence between the participants' attitude–behavior consistency and another's attitude–behavior consistency reduced attitude change. Study 2 (N = 69) replicated the results of Study 1; in addition, metaconsistency influenced participants' perceptions of their own attitude–behavior consistency. The implications of metaconsistency for other contemporary perspectives of dissonance theory are discussed.
Keyword cognitive dissonance
social support
metaconsistency
social identity
Q-Index Code C1
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