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In matters of opinion, what matters is the group : minority group members' emotional reactions to messages about identity expression

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Pennekamp, Sjoerd F.; Doosje, Bertjan; Zebel, Sven; Henriquez, Alejandra Alarcon

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Abstract Two studies investigated the reactions of minority group members to messages about identity expression by ingroup and outgroup sources. Our main hypothesis was that compared to ingroup sources, outgroup sources arouse more anger when they argue for identity suppression. In the first study homosexuals evaluated an outgroup source arguing for identity suppression more negatively than an ingroup source, felt more threatened by this source and as a result, experienced stronger feelings of anger towards this source. The second study among members of a language-based minority replicated and extended these findings. Furthermore we showed that the anger that is experienced towards an outgroup source causes a willingness to change the opinion of this source. When ingroup or outgroup sources supported identity expression, evaluations and experience of anger did not differ in both studies. The importance of a source's group membership in reacting to opinions about one's group is discussed.
Classification Social Psychology
Free Keywords intergroup relations; emotions; minorities; identity expression; communication
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages 778–787 p.
Journal Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45 (2009) 4
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2009.04.025
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)