Effects of in-group and out-group support on behavioral consistency: The majority and minority in the context of an intergroup belief cross
Article first published online: 6 FEB 2008
© Japanese Psychological Association 2008.
Japanese Psychological Research
Volume 50, Issue 1, pages 24–35, March 2008
How to Cite
NONAMI, H. (2008), Effects of in-group and out-group support on behavioral consistency: The majority and minority in the context of an intergroup belief cross. Japanese Psychological Research, 50: 24–35. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-5884.2007.00359.x
- Issue published online: 6 FEB 2008
- Article first published online: 6 FEB 2008
- (Received March 17, 2006; accepted September 1, 2007)
- intergroup belief cross;
Abstract: The present study investigated the social determinants required to stimulate consistency in minority members’ attitudes and behavior. The experiment was designed to examine the consistency of individuals in the context of an intergroup belief cross wherein the majority belief (or minority) in a categorical in-group shifted to the minority (or majority) in the out-group. The results indicated that the members of a majority within an in-group consistently preserved their behavioral intentions and beliefs even though they were positioned as a minority within an out-group. That is, the minority members in the whole intergroup context maintained consistency diachronically as a result of support from the majority of their in-group. The theoretical implications on the consistency of minority members, such as whistle-blowers in companies, are discussed.