Social identity, health and well-being: An emerging agenda for applied psychology

Haslam, S. Alexander, Jetten, Jolanda, Postmes, Tom and Haslam, Catherine (2009) Social identity, health and well-being: An emerging agenda for applied psychology. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 58 1: 1-23. doi:10.1111/j.1464-0597.2008.00379.x

Author Haslam, S. Alexander
Jetten, Jolanda
Postmes, Tom
Haslam, Catherine
Title Social identity, health and well-being: An emerging agenda for applied psychology
Journal name Applied Psychology: An International Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0269-994X
Publication date 2009-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1464-0597.2008.00379.x
Volume 58
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 23
Total pages 23
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Subject 1701 Psychology
Abstract The social environment comprising communities, families, neighbourhoods, work teams, and various other forms of social group is not simply an external feature of the world that provides a context for individual behaviour. Instead these groups impact on the psychology of individuals through their capacity to be internalised as part of a person’s social identity. If groups provide individuals with a sense of meaning, purpose, and belonging (i.e. a positive sense of social identity) they tend to have positive psychological consequences. The impact of these identity processes on health and well-being is explored in the contributions to this special issue. In this editorial, we discuss these contributions in light of five central themes that have emerged from research to date. These themes address the relationship between social identity and (a) symptom appraisal and response, (b) health-related norms and behaviour, (c) social support, (d) coping, and (e) clinical outcomes. The special issue as a whole points to the capacity for a social identity approach to enrich academic understanding in these areas and to play a key role in shaping health-related policy and practice.
Keyword Self-categorization
Social indentity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code

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