Social Identity Mapping: a procedure for visual representation and assessment of subjective multiple group memberships

Cruwys, Tegan, Steffens, Niklas K., Haslam, Stephen Alexander, Haslam, Catherine, Jetten, Jolanda and Dingle, Genevieve A. (2016) Social Identity Mapping: a procedure for visual representation and assessment of subjective multiple group memberships. British Journal of Social Psychology, 55 4: 613-642. doi:10.1111/bjso.12155


Author Cruwys, Tegan
Steffens, Niklas K.
Haslam, Stephen Alexander
Haslam, Catherine
Jetten, Jolanda
Dingle, Genevieve A.
Title Social Identity Mapping: a procedure for visual representation and assessment of subjective multiple group memberships
Journal name British Journal of Social Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2044-8309
0144-6665
Publication date 2016-01-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/bjso.12155
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 55
Issue 4
Start page 613
End page 642
Total pages 30
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language eng
Subject 3207 Social Psychology
Abstract In this research, we introduce Social Identity Mapping (SIM) as a method for visually representing and assessing a person's subjective network of group memberships. To provide evidence of its utility, we report validating data from three studies (two longitudinal), involving student, community, and clinical samples, together comprising over 400 participants. Results indicate that SIM is easy to use, internally consistent, with good convergent and discriminant validity. Each study also illustrates the ways that SIM can be used to address a range of novel research questions. Study 1 shows that multiple positive group memberships are a particularly powerful predictor of well-being. Study 2 shows that social support is primarily given and received within social groups and that only in-group support is beneficial for well-being. Study 3 shows that improved mental health following a social group intervention is attributable to an increase in group compatibility. In this way, the studies demonstrate the capacity for SIM to make a contribution both to the development of social-psychological theory and to its practical application.
Keyword Group membership
Measurement
Self-categorization
Social connectedness
Social identity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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