Recovering from strain and enduring pain: Multiple group memberships promote resilience in the face of physical challenges

Jones, Janelle M. and Jetten, Jolanda (2011) Recovering from strain and enduring pain: Multiple group memberships promote resilience in the face of physical challenges. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2 3: 239-244. doi:10.1177/1948550610386806


Author Jones, Janelle M.
Jetten, Jolanda
Title Recovering from strain and enduring pain: Multiple group memberships promote resilience in the face of physical challenges
Journal name Social Psychological and Personality Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1948-5506
1948-5514
Publication date 2011-05-01
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1948550610386806
Volume 2
Issue 3
Start page 239
End page 244
Total pages 6
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract Recent research suggests that multiple group memberships can be a source of resilience in the face of various life challenges (e.g., illness, injury, life transitions, performance demands). In two studies the authors examined whether multiple group memberships promote resilience in the face of novel physical challenges. They found that belonging to multiple groups was associated with faster heart rate recovery for novice bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton athletes (Study 1) and that the salience of a greater number of group memberships led to greater endurance on a cold-pressor task (Study 2). Importantly, these effects were unchanged when controlling for individual differences in responses to the challenge, challenge perceptions, and group membership importance. The authors argue that multiple group memberships reflect an important psychological resource from which individuals draw strength when faced with life challenges and speculate as to the mechanisms underlying this effect.
Keyword Social identity
Stress and coping
Health
Well-being
Motivation and performance
Psychological resource
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online before print October 25, 2010

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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