9. Prospects, Pitfalls, and Plans: A Proactive Perspective on Social Comparison Activity

  1. Wolfgang Stroebe Professor of Social, Organizational and Health Psychology Fellow of the British Psychological Society4 and
  2. Miles Hewstone Fellow of New College5
  1. Lisa G. Aspinwall1,
  2. Douglas L. Hill2 and
  3. Samantha L. Leaf3

Published Online: 28 JAN 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0470013478.ch9

European Review of Social Psychology, Volume 12

European Review of Social Psychology, Volume 12

How to Cite

Aspinwall, L. G., Hill, D. L. and Leaf, S. L. (2001) Prospects, Pitfalls, and Plans: A Proactive Perspective on Social Comparison Activity, in European Review of Social Psychology, Volume 12 (eds W. Stroebe and M. Hewstone), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470013478.ch9

Editor Information

  1. 4

    Utrecht University, The Netherlands

  2. 5

    Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Psychology, University of Utah, 380 South 1530 East, Room 502, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0251, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-4411, USA

  3. 3

    Department of Psychology, University of Utah, 380 South 1530E, Room 502, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0251, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 JAN 2005
  2. Published Print: 28 DEC 2001

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471486756

Online ISBN: 9780470013472

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Keywords:

  • proactive coping;
  • proactive comparison situation;
  • upward social comparisons

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Proactive Coping As a Blend of Self-regulation and Coping

  • A Framework for Understanding Proactive Comparison Activity

  • Using the Proactive Versus Reactive Distinction to Understand Reactions to Upward and Downward Comparison Targets

  • New Evidence Concerning Proactive Uses of Social Comparison Information

  • Discussion and Directions for Future Research

  • Conclusion

  • Acknowledgments

  • References