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The power of we : evidence for group-based control
VerfasserFritsche, Immo ; Jonas, Eva ; Ablasser, Catharina ; Beyer, Magdalena ; Kuban, Johannes ; Manger, Anna-Marie ; Schultz, Marlene
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Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Amsterdam, 2013, Jg. 49, H. 1, S. 19-32
ErschienenElsevier, 2013
SpracheEnglisch
DokumenttypAufsatz in einer Zeitschrift
Schlagwörter (DE)Soziale Motivation / Eigengruppe als Ressource / Kontrollbedürfnis / Bedrohung / Intergruppenverhalten
Schlagwörter (EN)Social motivation / Ingroup as a resource / Need for control / Threat / Intergroup behavior
Projekt-/ReportnummerFWF-I654 (Control motivation and collective identity)
ISSN0022-1031
URNurn:nbn:at:at-ubs:3-3495 Persistent Identifier (URN)
DOI10.1016/j.jesp.2012.07.014 
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Membership in social groups may restore people's sense of global control when personal control is questioned. Therefore, ethnocentric tendencies might be increased as a consequence of personal control threat. Testing hypotheses derived from a novel model of group-based control in five experiments, we show that making lack of personal control salient increased ingroup bias and pro-organizational behavior (Studies 15). These effects were independent of parallel effects of uncertainty (Study 2) and most pronounced for highly identified group members (Study 3). Studies 4 and 5 lend support to the assumption that perceiving the ingroup as a unitary actor is critical for symbolic control restoration: threat to collective homogeneity and agency catalyzed the effect personal control threat had on ingroup support and defense. These findings complement previous research on motivated intergroup behavior and socio-cognitive strategies to cope with deficits in personal control.

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