Short Research Note
Group membership influences social control of perpetrators of uncivil behaviors
Article first published online: 17 FEB 2009
Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Social Psychology
Volume 39, Issue 6, pages 1126–1134, October 2009
How to Cite
Nugier, A., Chekroun, P., Pierre, K. and Niedenthal, P. M. (2009), Group membership influences social control of perpetrators of uncivil behaviors. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., 39: 1126–1134. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.602
- Issue published online: 19 AUG 2009
- Article first published online: 17 FEB 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 DEC 2008
- Manuscript Received: 6 JUN 2008
The present research examined bystanders' reactions to uncivil behaviors. We tested a proposed mediator of the effect by which bystanders are more likely to exert social control over in-group compared to out-group members. Participants were asked to report their likely reaction if they were to witness a woman throwing a plastic bottle into a flowerbed. Participants reported that they were more likely to express their disapproval to the woman if she was an in-group rather than an out-group member. This effect was mediated by the moral emotions that participants expected the woman to feel if they were to intervene: Participants expected the woman to feel more embarrassment and shame when she was an in-group member, and this explained why they were more likely to exert social control toward an in-group member than an out-group member. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.