On the relationship between social distance and threat

Astrid Buba*, N. de Hoog

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    We investigated the dependence of threat perception and reaction on social distance
    estimation. Social identity threat was imposed within a 2x2 between subjects design,
    with N=163 students reading a criticising comment about their ingroup assigned to
    originate from one of two possible outgroups. The participants completed parts of the
    scale Overlap of self, ingroup and outgroup (OSIO, Schubert and Otten, 2002) as a
    measure of social distance either before or after the threat manipulation. Results show
    signicantly diering social distance estimations as a reaction towards the threatening
    comment depending on the criticising outgroup. The implications of these ndings
    and the possibility of social distancing being another kind of defensive mechanism
    towards social identity threat are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationJena, Germany
    PublisherFriedrich Schiller University Jena
    Number of pages13
    Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2009

    Publication series

    SeriesJena Economic Research Papers


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