Stressing the group: social identity and the unfolding dynamics of responses to stress.

@article{Haslam2006StressingTG,
  title={Stressing the group: social identity and the unfolding dynamics of responses to stress.},
  author={S. Alexander Haslam and Stephen David Reicher},
  journal={The Journal of applied psychology},
  year={2006},
  volume={91 5},
  pages={
          1037-52
        }
}
Participants in the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) prison study were randomly assigned to high-status (guard) and low-status (prisoner) groups. Structural interventions increased the prisoners' sense of shared group identity and their willingness to challenge the power of the guards. Psychometric, physiological, behavioral, and observational data support the hypothesis that identity-based processes also affected participants' experience of stress. As prisoners' sense of shared identity… CONTINUE READING

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