Why does ingroup identification shield people from death anxiety?

Marina Herrera, Fabio Sani

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    Abstract

    Research to date guided by terror management theory has demonstrated that mortality salience increases ingroup identification. However, the process that leads from death reminders to group investment has remained underinvestigated. We tested a model in which mortality salience increased the perceived continuity of the group while at the same time strengthening the perception of group entitativity. In turn, higher perceived group entitativity led to enhanced ingroup identification. Three-path mediation analysis showed that mortality salience transmitted its effects onto ingroup identification indirectly, progressing first through perceived collective continuity and then through ingroup entitativity. Moderated mediation analysis revealed that personal self-esteem and the need for closure did not moderate this effect of mortality salience on ingroup identification.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)320-328
    Number of pages9
    JournalSocial Psychology
    Volume44
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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