The negative impact of perceiving discrimination on collective well-being: the mediating role of perceived ingroup status
Article first published online: 8 JUN 2003
Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Social Psychology
Volume 33, Issue 4, pages 507–514, July/August 2003
How to Cite
Leonardelli, G. J. and Tormala, Z. L. (2003), The negative impact of perceiving discrimination on collective well-being: the mediating role of perceived ingroup status. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., 33: 507–514. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.159
- Issue published online: 10 JUL 2003
- Article first published online: 8 JUN 2003
- Manuscript Accepted: 14 DEC 2002
- Manuscript Received: 16 OCT 2002
Previous research has found that, among stigmatized group members, perceiving discrimination against the ingroup simultaneously yields a positive indirect effect on self-worth (mediated by ingroup identification) and a negative direct effect (Branscombe, Schmitt, & Harvey, 1999). This study not only replicated these effects with a sample of women, but also revealed that the negative direct effect was mediated by perceived status of the ingroup: as perceived discrimination increased, perceived ingroup status decreased, which in turn lowered collective self-worth. Perceiving discrimination also increased the accessibility of the stigmatized group's devalued status. A new direction for future research may be to consider when stigmatized group members might affirm the ingroup rather than protect self-worth. Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.