Concern for personal reputation within groups: the effect of accountability and fear of social exclusion
Journal Title: RICERCHE DI PSICOLOGIA
Author/s: Stefano Pagliaro, Nicoletta Cavazza, Margherita Guidetti, Francesca Romana Alparone, Valera Amata Giannella
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Literature shows that concern for personal reputation varies as a function of both individual and contextual factors, with entitativity of the group to which a person belongs emerging as a key antecedent of individual’s concern for personal reputation. The present research focuses on a further antecedent of the phenomenon, that is, accountability to the group. We presented participants with a high entitative ingroup and manipulated accountability (vs. anonymity) of their response to other ingroup members. Results showed that being accountable to the ingroup determines higher concern for personal reputation, and this relation is mediated by the fear of social exclusion.
Keywords: Reputation, fear of exclusion, accountability
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Stefano Pagliaro, Nicoletta Cavazza, Margherita Guidetti, Francesca Romana Alparone, Valera Amata Giannella, in "RICERCHE DI PSICOLOGIA " 1/2016, pp. 9-19, DOI:10.3280/RIP2016-001001