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The Relationship Between Mortality Salience and Intergroup Anger: The Role of Normative Influence


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Gršetić, Josip. (2019). The Relationship Between Mortality Salience and Intergroup Anger: The Role of Normative Influence. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Čorkalo Biruški, Dinka].

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The goal of this research was to ascertain if the manipulation of mortality salience, norm of intergroup anger and their interaction will lead to more intense expression of intergroup anger and more negative attitude towards an out-group member who is derogating the in-group of the research participants and to verify if these effects will be more pronounced in participants with high social self-esteem. The data was collected by the pencil-and-paper method on 334 participants divided into four experimental groups. First, half of them underwent the mortality salience manipulation while the other half did not, and then half of them underwent intergroup anger manipulation while the other half did not. They were then asked to express their emotions and attitude towards the out-group member. Mortality salience brought about a marginally stronger feeling of anger towards the out-group member. Furthermore, when both mortality salience and the norm of intergroup anger were manipulated, high social self-esteem participants expressed more anger towards the out-group member, and when the norm was not manipulated, mortality salience led to more positive attitude towards the out-group member. Low social self-esteem participants' attitude towards the out-group member was positive regardless of the mortality salience and norm of intergroup anger manipulations.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: terror management theory, mortality salience, intergroup emotions, norms, social identity
Subjects: Psychology > Socijalna psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Čorkalo Biruški, Dinka
Date Deposited: 29 May 2019 09:20
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 09:20

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