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Getting rid of the bad ones: the relationship between group identification, deviant derogation, and identity maintenance


Hutchison, Paul; Abrams, Dominic; Gutierrez, Roberto; Viki, G. Tendayi


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Abstract Two studies investigated the impact of the presentation of an undesirable group member on group stereotype judgments among participants with varying degrees of ingroup identification. In Study 1 (N = 67), identification was associated with stereotype change following presentation of an undesirable, but not a desirable, ingroup member. This relationship was mediated by evaluations of the undesirable ingroup member: the stronger the identification, the more negative the evaluation, and the greater the shift towards a more positive ingroup stereotype. In Study 2 (N = 180), identification was positively associated with ingroup stereotype ratings following presentation of an undesirable ingroup member but was negatively associated with outgroup ratings following presentation of an undesirable outgroup member. As in Study 1, the association between ingroup identification and ingroup stereotype ratings was mediated by evaluations of the undesirable ingroup member. Results are discussed in relation to the black sheep effect and identity maintenance strategies.
Klassifikation Sozialpsychologie
Freie Schlagwörter Deviance; Black sheep effect; Stereotype change; Social identity; Group processes; Exclusion
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2008
Seitenangabe S. 874-881
Zeitschriftentitel Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44 (2008) 3
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2007.09.001
Status Postprint; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)