Deviant but desirable: Group variability and evaluation of atypical group members

Hutchison, Paul, Jetten, Jolanda and Gutierrez, Roberto (2011) Deviant but desirable: Group variability and evaluation of atypical group members. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47 6: 1155-1161. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2011.06.011


Author Hutchison, Paul
Jetten, Jolanda
Gutierrez, Roberto
Title Deviant but desirable: Group variability and evaluation of atypical group members
Journal name Journal of Experimental Social Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-1031
1096-0465
Publication date 2011-11-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jesp.2011.06.011
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 47
Issue 6
Start page 1155
End page 1161
Total pages 7
Place of publication Maryland Heights United States
Publisher Academic Press
Language eng
Subject 3207 Social Psychology
Abstract Two studies investigated how group variability affects reactions to atypical group members. In Study 1 (N = 65) we manipulated group variability and found that an atypical group member was evaluated more positively when the group was heterogeneous than when the group was homogeneous. In Study 2 (N = 276) we also manipulated group value and found a significant interaction whereby an atypical group member was evaluated more positively when the group was homogeneous and group members valued heterogeneity, but was evaluated more negatively when the group was heterogeneous and group members valued homogeneity. The results suggest that deviant or atypical members will not inevitably be rejected by the group, but rather that reactions to deviance are shaped and guided by the dynamic relationship between how the group is perceived by its members and their ideological beliefs about what is good for the group. (C) 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Formatted abstract
Two studies investigated how group variability affects reactions to atypical group members. In Study 1 (N= 65) we manipulated group variability and found that an atypical group member was evaluated more positively when the group was heterogeneous than when the group was homogeneous. In Study 2 (N= 276) we also manipulated group value and found a significant interaction whereby an atypical group member was evaluated more positively when the group was homogeneous and group members valued heterogeneity, but was evaluated more negatively when the group was heterogeneous and group members valued homogeneity. The results suggest that deviant or atypical members will not inevitably be rejected by the group, but rather that reactions to deviance are shaped and guided by the dynamic relationship between how the group is perceived by its members and their ideological beliefs about what is good for the group.
Keyword Deviance
Group value
Group variability
Social identity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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