Threats to identity, self-esteem and intergroup discrimination

John A. Hunter, Kerry O'Brien, Maurice Stringer

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    The present study sought to test two hypotheses. The first was that intergroup discrimination leads to increased self-esteem. The second was that threatened self-esteem (i.e., operationalized here as the extent to which people believe that the ingroup is negatively evaluated by an outgroup) would lead to increased intergroup discrimination. Support was found for both hypotheses.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)937-942
    Number of pages6
    JournalSocial Behavior and Personality
    Issue number7
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


    • Discrimination
    • Identity
    • Intergroup
    • New Zealand
    • Self-esteem

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