Benefits of membership: the activation and amplification of group identities in response to social rejection.

@article{Knowles2008BenefitsOM,
  title={Benefits of membership: the activation and amplification of group identities in response to social rejection.},
  author={Megan L. Knowles and Wendi L. Gardner},
  journal={Personality & social psychology bulletin},
  year={2008},
  volume={34 9},
  pages={
          1200-13
        }
}
Groups vary in the range of benefits they provide to members, but one potential benefit of membership is a confirmation of individuals' sense of belonging to a larger social whole. The current studies present an exploration of this potential benefit by examining the activation and amplification of group identities and memberships following rejection. Results demonstrate that rejected participants exhibited heightened activation of group constructs, social identities, and idiosyncratic group… CONTINUE READING
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