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Being outperformed in an intergroup context: the relationship between group status and self-protective strategies.
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PMID:  18922208     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The present study examines the effects of group status on self-esteem when individuals are outperformed by an in-group target (Experiments 1 and 2) or an out-group (Experiment 2). The main aim was to examine different self-protective mechanisms when the current standing of the in-group vis-à-vis another group is either unfavourable (low status) or favourable (high status). Experiment 1 showed that when outperformed by an in-group target, the members of a low status group reported higher self-esteem than members of a high status group. Moreover, this effect was mediated by group identification. Experiment 2 replicated the previous results and gave rise to similar effects on investment in the group. The perceived relevance of the comparison group appeared to protect the self-esteem of high status group members. This research demonstrates the mediating role of self-protection mechanisms such as group identification and the perceived relevance of a comparison group.
Sandrine Redersdorff; Delphine Martinot
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article     Date:  2008-10-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of social psychology / the British Psychological Society     Volume:  48     ISSN:  0144-6665     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Soc Psychol     Publication Date:  2009 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-05-20     Completed Date:  2009-06-24     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8105534     Medline TA:  Br J Soc Psychol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  275-94     Citation Subset:  IM    
Laboratoire de Psychologie Sociale et Cognitive, Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand Cedex, France.
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MeSH Terms
Group Processes*
Hierarchy, Social*
Interpersonal Relations*
Models, Psychological
Reaction Time / physiology
Self Concept*
Social Identification*
Social Perception
Students / psychology
Task Performance and Analysis

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