Experimentally manipulated high in-group status can buffer personal self-esteem against discrimination

Michael J. Platow*, Leanne Byrne, Michelle K. Ryan

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We present an experiment in which the relative status of an in-group and the discriminatory nature of a decision maker's intergroup behaviour (in-group-favouring/out-group-favouring/even-handed) were independently manipulated to observe their effects on self-esteem. Adopting a Social Identity Theory framework, and following from previous empirical work, we predicted that discrimination against one's in-group would lead to lower self-esteem among members of a low-status group but not among members of a high-status group. This prediction was confirmed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)599-608
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Psychology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep-2005
Externally publishedYes

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