Comparing social contact and group identification as predictors of mental health

Fabio Sani, Marina Herrera, Juliet R.H. Wakefield, Olga Boroch, Csilla Gulyas

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    Abstract

    Current research on social integration and mental health operationalizes social integration as frequency of interactions and participation in social activities (i.e., social contact). This neglects the subjective dimension of social integration, namely group identification. We present two studies comparing the effect exerted by social contact and group identification on mental health (e.g., depression, stress) across two different groups (family; army unit), demonstrating that group identification predicts mental health better than social contact.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)781-790
    Number of pages10
    JournalBritish Journal of Social Psychology
    Volume51
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012

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