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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