Having a lot of a good thing: multiple group memberships as a source of self-esteem

Jetten, Jolanda, Branscombe, Nyla R., Haslam, S. Alexander, Haslam, Catherine, Cruwys, Tegan, Jones, Janelle M., Cui, Lijuan, Dingle, Genevieve, Liu, James, Murphy, Sean, Thai, Anh, Walter, Zoe and Zhang, Airong (2015) Having a lot of a good thing: multiple group memberships as a source of self-esteem. PLoS One, 10 5: e0124609.1-e0124609.29. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0124609

Author Jetten, Jolanda
Branscombe, Nyla R.
Haslam, S. Alexander
Haslam, Catherine
Cruwys, Tegan
Jones, Janelle M.
Cui, Lijuan
Dingle, Genevieve
Liu, James
Murphy, Sean
Thai, Anh
Walter, Zoe
Zhang, Airong
Title Having a lot of a good thing: multiple group memberships as a source of self-esteem
Journal name PLoS One   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-6203
Publication date 2015-05-27
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0124609
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 10
Issue 5
Start page e0124609.1
End page e0124609.29
Total pages 29
Place of publication San Francisco, CA, United States
Publisher Public Library of Science
Language eng
Subject 1300 Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
1100 Agricultural and Biological Sciences
Abstract Membership in important social groups can promote a positive identity. We propose and test an identity resource model in which personal self-esteem is boosted by membership in additional important social groups. Belonging to multiple important group memberships predicts personal self-esteem in children (Study 1a), older adults (Study 1b), and former residents of a homeless shelter (Study 1c). Study 2 shows that the effects of multiple important group memberships on personal self-esteem are not reducible to number of interpersonal ties. Studies 3a and 3b provide longitudinal evidence that multiple important group memberships predict personal self-esteem over time. Studies 4 and 5 show that collective self-esteem mediates this effect, suggesting that membership in multiple important groups boosts personal self-esteem because people take pride in, and derive meaning from, important group memberships. Discussion focuses on when and why important group memberships act as a social resource that fuels personal self-esteem.
Keyword Multidisciplinary Sciences
Science & Technology - Other Topics
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID FT110100238
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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